Dr. James Andrew has cleared Nerlens Noel to return to basketball activities, reports Jeff Goodman of ESPN. He could be suiting up for the Philadelphia 76ers as early as February when the players return from the All-Star break.
“He is doing excellent, and the team is taking good care of him,” Andrews told Goodman on Wednesday.
Privacy laws kept Andrews from talking specifics but the Doc said Nerlens looks great and he can start doing on-court drills with his teammates. The Sixers will still need to clear him, too, but things are looking positive for the former Cat.