The Sixers aren’t really all that concerned with winning games in the immediate future, especially in light of the proposed reform to the NBA’s Draft Lottery system being voted down by league owners earlier this week.
The extended rebuilding plan can continue as expected, which means that there’s even less reason to rush players back from injury a moment before they are completely back to 100 percent.
Michael Carter-Williams underwent offseason shoulder surgery, and was warned that he may miss up to 50 games this season. While that would have been beneficial to Philadelphia’s plot to secure a high draft pick once more, it appears as though the reigning Rookie of the Year will be back on the court much sooner than that.
From Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly:
“Nov. 6, he has been cleared to play in a physical scrimmage,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said after Saturday’s practice.
Whether or not Carter-Williams plays in the Nov. 13 game at Dallas, as reported Thursday, remains to be seen. …
“I believe it is not going to take long to play him,” Brown said. “The duration and when and all that is more gut feel stuff. I don’t think it is going to take that long. It is certainly not going to take a month from when he first comes back. I think we can give him some sporadic minutes quite soon.”
Even with Carter-Williams back in the fold, Philadelphia isn’t expected to be very good this season, so the team might as well get him back out there as soon as he’s ready to continue the developmental process.