Moultrie, Allen remain out for Sixers vs. Bobcats

Moultrie, Allen remain out for Sixers vs. Bobcats

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January 15, 2014, 12:15 pm

Lavoy Allen (left) has missed the Sixers' last two games. Arnett Moultrie hasn't played at all this season. (USA Today Images)

The past couple days the Sixers, when their practices concluded, had plenty of big men on the court shooting free throws and participating in other shooting drills.

All were accounted for at Wednesday’s morning shootaround, but Brett Brown shared that his frontcourt depth is still depleted and two players who are getting close to returning -- Arnett Moultrie and Lavoy Allen -- will not be available to play when the Sixers host the Bobcats at 7 p.m.

“Arnett is not available. Lavoy is not available. We will roll out our new recruit 'Double D,' we will go with him,” Brown said, referring to 7-footer Dewayne Dedmon, who was signed to a 10-day contract Tuesday (see story).

Moultrie has been sidelined all season following ankle surgery on Sept. 26. When the Sixers went West after Christmas, Moultrie made the trip and on New Year’s Eve played his first five-on-five in three months.

Moultrie was hopeful that when the Sixers returned home he would get cleared for game action but that has not happened.

“It is just for fitness reasons with Arnett. There are some medical tests and fitness tests that he has to pass so we don’t re-injure him,” Brown said. “It is for his best interest. I know he is excited to go. I am excited to see him play but there is criteria with regards to body-weight goals and fitness tests that just have not been met, and that is fine, we will keep moving forward.

“To go this duration and shortcut it and re-injure him would just be reckless and irresponsible, so we are going to be patient with him.

Allen has a sore calf that will keep him sidelined for a third straight game, but his timetable is more promising.

“Lavoy is probably closer than Arnett,” Brown said. “I think we will see Lavoy this weekend.”

The Sixers host the Heat on Friday and play at Chicago Saturday night.