Fultz seeing shoulder specialists but some doubt injuries
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has upcoming appointments with specialists to evaluate his injured right shoulder amid reports that teams interested in trading for him believe his problems are in his head and not physical.
ESPN reported Friday that Fultz, who was the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in 2017, has been making the rounds from doctor to doctor for examinations of his shoulder. The Sixers are not expected to make a decision about his future with the team until all medical appointments are done.
Fultz has not played since Nov. 19 and has missed four games. His agent told the Sixers on Nov. 21 that Fultz wouldn't be returning to the team until his shoulder issue was solved. He also reportedly has been rehabbing a right wrist injury.
The 20-year-old has played in 19 games this season (15 starts) and is averaging 22.5 minutes, 8.2 points and 3.1 assists per game.
He is shooting 41.9 percent and is perceived to have lost "the ability to carry out and follow through on long jump shots," according to ESPN.
In the meantime, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that teams would be interested in trading for Fultz only if he and his agent, Raymond Brothers, are "truthful" about his injuries, suggesting they doubt his injury claims and instead suspect a mental block is hampering his play. The Athletic reported that the Sixers also are wary of his injuries.
Fultz played in just 14 games in 2017-18 with a muscular scapula imbalance. His personal trainer said that because of the injury, he had developed a case of the "yips" and lost his shooting touch, and it appeared early this season that he still hadn't found it.
--Field Level Media
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