Fultz has been sidelined since Nov. 19 after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that affects the nerves between the neck and shoulder.
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.
“We want to make sure he’s 100 percent and healthy when he does come back,” Brothers said.
The point guard is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 19 games this season. He has played in only 33 games total in his two NBA seasons.
Simmons is averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 41 games this season.