CAMDEN, N.J. - The Sixers expect Markelle Fultz to compete in summer league next month. The team will participate in both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, beginning on July 3 in Utah.
"It's anticipated that Markelle will play," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Friday.
The Sixers still have to finalize things off the court before the No. 1 overall pick plays, just as they did with Ben Simmons last summer. Simmons appeared in limited games. Fultz's playing availability remains to be determined.
"There's other things that need to be worked out, first and foremost, in terms of protecting Markelle, contractually and otherwise," Colangelo said. "I think no different than Ben last year, we took care of our business first before he took the floor."
The status of the Sixers' other five draft picks for summer league is uncertain. Anzejs Pasecniks, Jonah Bolden and Mathias Lessort currently are under contract with teams overseas.
"The international players are all subject to agreements with their clubs," Colangelo said. "That can be a little bit tricky with respect to getting authorization or permission to do so. We're going to have those discussions and negotiations further."
The Sixers still are still working to see if last year's No. 26 pick, Furkan Korkmaz, will play in summer league. The Sixers would like him to participate but the schedule could overlap with international competition.
Undrafted guard Melo Trimble will play for the Sixers in summer league, according to a source. Isaiah Briscoe and James Blackmon Jr. reportedly are going to be on the summer team as well.
The Sixers also drafted Jawun Evans (No. 39) and Sterling Brown (No. 46). Neither attended the introductory press conference as the Sixers are reported to be trading them, according to The Vertical.
"There's been some movement and discussion about their draft situation and draft rights," Colangelo said. "That's subject to further discussion at a later date. We'll get back to you when dust settles on all of that."