Dei-Mails: Why hasn't Arnett Moultrie returned?

Dei-Mails: Why hasn't Arnett Moultrie returned?
February 4, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Second-year forward Arnett Moultrie missed 35 games last season with injury and conditioning issues and has yet to see the floor this season. (USA Today Images)

Dei Lynam takes to Twitter and e-mail to answer your questions in the latest installment of DeiMails.

Via e-mail: What happened to the forecasts that Arnett Moultrie would be suiting up in January? -- David

The weather clearly changed. I answered this question from another person on Jan. 7 and said he was close. But here we are almost a month later and Moultrie is still sidelined.

Moultrie’s comeback is a mystery. On New Year’s Eve, the second-year big man practiced 5-on-5 for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery in late September.

It was on that day that Brett Brown said he didn’t want to set a timeline for the power forward’s return. But, when pushed, Brown said the end of January was a “safe assumption”.

The ankle is not the issue any longer; both Brown and Moultrie have confirmed that. It's Moultrie’s lack of fitness and conditioning that appears to be the hold up. At this point, the best way for Moultrie to get into game shape is to play in games.

Moultrie takes the court for a pregame workout with Sixers development coach Greg Foster before every game and shows no apparent limitations. 

When the Sixers decided on Monday not to give Dewayne Dedmon a contract for the rest of the season, an already weak front line was further depleted. The Sixers had ten players in uniform Monday when they played against the Nets.

Given the inexperience and youth of the Sixers' roster, it is hard to imagine Moultrie, a late first-round draft pick in 2012, couldn’t offer energy and rebounds if given some minutes.

Moultrie appeared in 47 games as a rookie averaging 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11.5 minutes.