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Rookie forward Paul Banchero and big man Moe Wagner are available for their Friday returns.
Banchero has been out for seven consecutive games because of a sprained left ankle Nov. 7 home loss to the Houston Rockets.
“I’ve been struggling lately,” Banchero said. “It’s the first time about the injuries. At first I wanted to rush back as quickly as possible. I realized that I’m not doing anything good. I’m trying to learn patience and continue to be patient and listen to myself.”
Wagner will make his season debut if he plays. He did not play in the middle of his right foot when he sprained it preseason win over Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 14.
Banchero and Wagner practiced Wednesday.
“I haven’t heard Moe Wagner talk trash in a while,” Jalen Suggs said. “That was amazing. It’s good to see him.”
Starting big man Wendell Carter Jr. Reserve forward Chuma Okeke (Srenitas knee soreness) were listed as an injury problem reported Thursday.
Carter has lost three of his last four games.
Police said before last Friday’s road win over the Chicago Bulls that he had sat out 5-6 games with his injury for the first time during the season. 16 Nov.
Okeke played 12 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Pacers in Indianapolis before with 9:33 left in the third.
“That’s the same knee he played about before,” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “This is part of being careful not to make anything worse. We want to stay careful with our guys and make sure we try to get healthy bodies back.”
Fultz practiced Wednesday, but will need more time to condition and practice before making his season debut.
Police said on November 9 that they hoped he would return “within the next 3-4 weeks” and police confirmed those hopes next week.
That time period is Wednesday-Dec. 7.
“It doesn’t even feel real when they all went down like that. It felt like every other day someone was coming out,” Suggs said. “It wasn’t today. It’s nice to have them around, to move back and just have that vibe of normalcy back.
Banchero, the No. 1 pick in the June draft, he averaged a team-high 23.5 points, which is the most among rookies, to go with 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34.6 minutes (11 games).
Scored 33 and 30 points in back-to-back games before his injury.
“I was definitely in a good number,” Banchero said. “I definitely felt like I was improving every game, like learning. It feels like I’m injured in the middle of playing well, but I’m looking forward to coming back whenever I do and just picking up where I left off.”