The Markelle Fultz saga has yet another wrinkle.
Fultz has apparently been dealing with a wrist injury that has affected his shot and “could prefer a change in scenery,” according to a report Wednesday night by The Athletic.
This a pretty loaded report. Especially when you consider Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, said specifically that his client would be meeting with a shoulder specialist.
Fultz's camp has denied any trades wishes.
Raymond Brothers, the agent for Sixers guard Markelle Fultz, tells ESPN: “I have given no indication to Elton Brand or anyone else that Markelle would prefer to be traded. My focus is to get Markelle healthy. End of story.”— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2018
The idea that Fultz wants out of Philadelphia is disappointing. Brett Brown did everything this season to allow Fultz to flourish. Brown broke up the best starting lineup in the NBA to allow Fultz the opportunity to start.
Then, even after the team acquired Jimmy Butler, Brown made sure to note it was nothing that Fultz did wrong to lose his starting role. Brown gave Fultz the opportunity to be the team’s backup point guard and have the ball in his hands more.
The “change of scenery” idea makes sense when you consider the timing of all of this. Fultz didn’t complain to the team about an injury. It wasn’t that long ago that Fultz said “everything feels good.” News about Brothers wanting Fultz to see a specialist came Tuesday after Fultz was benched in favor of T.J. McConnell for the second half of the win over the Suns Monday.
It appears Fultz is being pulled in different directions (see story). Before tonight’s game, Brown said that Fultz was around the team.
Brett Brown said Markelle Fultz is with the team and participated in walkthrough pregame. He wouldn't get into details about what Fultz will and won't be doing while he's not playing.— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) November 21, 2018
What can the Sixers get for Fultz? Probably not much.
The more likely scenario is the team tries to heal the relationship and figure out how to proceed.
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