Before Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Wells Fargo Center, Sixers head coach Brett Brown refuted a report that a timeline has been established for Nerlens Noel to return. The 19-year-old rookie is recovering from an ACL injury and has yet to play this season.

During Wednesday's game, Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie released a statement (see box) indicating that Noel is ready for "limited on-court work."

When Noel will be ready for unlimited on-court work remains uncertain.

“When it does become real, we’ll be more than transparent with his progress and his timeline,” Brown said. “There’s nothing clandestine going on. There’s no conspiracy theories flying around. It’s very clear that he’s moving forward. But timelines and that type of timeline, we don’t see it like that.”

On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Dr. James Andrews cleared Noel to resume basketball-related activities. The piece said the rookie center visited Andrews in Florida last week and that, barring a setback, Noel could play in his first professional game following the All-Star Break. That would put the timetable for his return somewhere in the four-to-six week range.