Tyrese Maxey returns to practice for Sixers, aims for weekend return

The Philadelphia 76ers continue their road trip on Friday when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans are one of the top teams in the league.

As the Sixers returned to work on Thursday, they welcomed Tyrese Maxey back to the floor. Per Gina Mizell of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the third-year guard is aiming for a weekend return either Friday against the Pelicans or Saturday when they finish the trip against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Per Mizell:

Tyrese Maxey practiced with the Sixers Thursday in New Orleans, another indicator that he is nearing his return from a fractured foot that has kept him sidelined for more than a month.

Coach Doc Rivers said after the session that he is optimistic Maxey will be able to play either Friday against the Pelicans or Saturday at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Coach Doc Rivers mentioned on Tuesday that Maxey is ramping up his workload to return to the floor. He played a low-minute game at Georgetown while the team was in Washington D.C. for their matchup with the Washington Wizards.

Maxey’s return would give the team a big shot in the arm. Of course, there will be rotation questions to figure out, but the Sixers will welcome the third-year guard out of Kentucky back to the floor with open arms.

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