76ers don't know if Fultz will return this season, still limited in workouts

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 23: Bryan Colangelo introduces the Philadelphia 76ers draftees at a press conference announcing Anzejs Pasecniks, Markelle Fultz, Jonah Bolden and Mathias Lessort at the Sixers Training Complex on June 23, 2017 in Camden, New Jersey. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE
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If Philadelphia 76ers fans were hoping for more definitive news on Markelle Fultz's progress Friday, they didn't get it.

"There's always a chance that he's going to be out there soon, and there's a chance that he's not going to play this year," general manager Bryan Colangelo said, according to The Athletic's Derek Bodner. "I can't answer that question because we don't know the answer."

Colangelo offered no cutoff date for shutting down the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, but did say that Fultz is still limited to shooting from the paint.

"Paint shots. Perimeter shots are where you kind of draw a line," Colangelo said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey.

Fultz has been sidelined with an injury to his right shooting shoulder since late October. In four NBA games before that, he scored a total of 24 points on 9-of-27 shooting.

The Fultz situation has added an ongoing saga to a mostly positive Sixers season, with the team looking to snap its six-year postseason drought. Fultz, however, has already outdone teammates and previous first-round picks Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons by actually playing games in his rookie year.