Sixers' Fultz to see shoulder specialists this week

Sherman Parsons
November 29, 2018

Former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz remains inactive with a shoulder injury and there have been reports that his days with the Philadelphia 76ers might be numbered.

Fultz was the top pick in the 2017 draft and began his career with high expectations.

The 20-year-old guard stepped away from Philadelphia last week in order to deal with a shoulder injury and the team reportedly no longer saw him in its long-term plans.

Fultz is now idle while awaiting a visit with a shoulder specialist but has lost ground in the rotation to T.J. McConnell, who is serving as the primary backup point guard to Ben Simmons. Not much was revealed other than that, but it was the first major report of another team being interested in Fultz.

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Johnson recently made his season debut after being out with a sports hernia injury, and will be slowly brought along on a minutes restriction. Fultz's agent and attorney, Raymond Brothers, told the Sixers that Fultz would seek further opinions on his shoulder before returning to the court. There have also been trade rumors swirling around Fultz over the past week or so.

To this end Liberty Ballers has learned that there are those close to the situation who do not expect Fultz to play for the Philadelphia 76ers again. He is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

In the midst of the Miami Heat looking for its next big star, Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops reported that James Johnson, Wayne Ellington, and Rodney McGruder would less than likely be included in a deal for Markelle Fultz.

Reserve point guard T.J. McConnell is in his fourth National Basketball Association season, all coming with the 76ers.

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