Sixers’ Fultz cleared to begin final rehab stage

Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Markelle Fultz has been cleared to begin the final stage of his return-to-play program, the team announced Tuesday.

Fultz has been sidelined since Oct. 25 with soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft was conducting his rehabilitation work at the Shoulder Center of Kentucky under the supervision of surgeon Ben Kibler, but has been back with the team for a while now.

Fultz’s program consists of gradual re-integration into team practices and training, complemented with additional conditioning work to support fitness readiness for gameplay.

Fultz was averaging 6.0 points while shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from the free throw line before the team decided to shut him down.