Sixers GM Elton Brand said the time for the team to contend is now.
Before worrying about that, though, the Sixers have more pressing matters to deal with - namely, sorting out how these players are going to fit together.
Fultz's agent, Raymond Brothers, had told ESPN on Christmas Day that his client is progressing well in rehabilitation on his right shoulder and that he expects Fultz to return to the team this season.
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Fultz has struggled to find a rhythm during his two seasons with the Sixers. "That was our hope". That pick turned into Jayson Tatum for Boston, who will either be the face of the Celtics franchise in the next few years or the main piece of a franchise-altering trade.
"You spend one year in college and we're paid very well for what we do, but there's so much that goes along with that, " admitted Isaac, who noted that his play has taken off of late in part because he stopped "beating up on myself so much".
In response to a follow-up question, Brand said that potentially having to reintegrate Fultz during the stretch run, along with the opportunity to at least partially restock some of the draft picks sent out to acquire Harris, were key factors in making the decision.
"We want to make sure he's 100 percent and healthy when he does come back", Brothers said.
"I'd be lying if I didn't feel sad", Brown said on Friday, via Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. I felt that. It was two emotions. "I think he's a 20-year-old player with tremendous potential and I feel confident in saying the league looks at him that way, not just us". I felt sad for that.