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Markelle Fultz reportedly no longer in Sixers' long-term plans

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Markelle Fultz reportedly no longer in Sixers' long-term plans

The Sixers are engaged in one of the most public soap operas in professional sports.

After Markelle Fultz’s agent came out and said his client would be seeing a shoulder specialist and not participate in games and practices, a report surfaced that Fultz “could prefer a change in scenery.”

The feeling may be mutual, according to the Inquirer’s Keith Pompey. Fultz “is no longer in the Sixers' long-term plans,” per Pompey. 

There is a lot to untangle here. The bottom line appears to be, if you believe the reports, that this is a marriage that is headed for divorce. 

So if Fultz wants out and the Sixers are ready to move on, what kind of trade could be worked out?

It’s difficult to say considering Fultz’s value has never been lower and the Sixers don’t appear to have much leverage. Perhaps a team with a struggling young player with a need at guard could look to make an even swap. The Sixers could also look to get a draft pick, but I’m not sure many teams would be willing to part with one given Fultz’s circumstances.

The scenario that seems likely is the Sixers looking for a veteran on an expiring contract that could help them now. With Fultz being a No. 1 overall pick and carrying a decent-sized cap hit, it could work. 

If the Knicks are looking to move Courtney Lee, a straight-up swap would work. Lee would provide the Sixers a solid wing off the bench and the Knicks would acquire a lottery ticket in Fultz. The Knicks have a couple of young guards but nobody they’re married to long term.

There are other solutions such as the Suns’ Trevor Ariza, but since he just signed with Phoenix this offseason, he can’t be moved until Dec. 15. Ariza’s $15-million cap hit could also require the Sixers getting another team involved to dump salary.

Perhaps former Sixer Kyle Korver could be on the team’s radar. The concern would be Fultz’s fit with the Cavs, who just drafted point guard Collin Sexton. The rookie played very well against the Sixers Friday night. The same issue would arise in a possible swap for another former Sixer in Dewayne Dedmon. With Trae Young in the fold, it’s difficult to see Fultz’s fit.

Fultz’s health could be the biggest issue here. If it’s determined that he has an issue after seeing a specialist Monday, it could make all this trade talk moot.

Whatever happens, the situation appears to be coming to a head.

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

There’s been a lot made of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ fit on the court. In the past, there have been rumblings of the pair not necessarily getting along off it.

During All-Star Weekend in Chicago, the pair seemed to get along swimmingly.

But there was this fun moment we likely all missed initially.

While it’s true that they’re very different people and may not be best friends, it seems like they have a mutual respect and admiration for one another.

Both players shined throughout the night. Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) put on a show during his first run, dunking everything in sight. Team Giannis basically ran their offense through Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds, one ridiculous Dream Shake on LeBron) down the stretch.

Their chemistry appears to be growing. That could only help the Sixers as they look to go on a run in the final 27 games after the All-Star break.

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