Philadelphia 76ers considering trading Markelle Fultz

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Markelle Fultz goes up against the Suns’ Devin Booker at the Wells Fargo Center last week. STEVEN M. FALK Staff

Fultz was the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Markelle Fultz would prefer a fresh start with a new team, according to a report from The Athletic.

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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. The team believes it will have to rely more heavily on McConnell because of the uncertainty surrounding Markelle Fultz.

This followed Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Keith Pompey's report from Sunday, stating the Sixers no longer had Fultz in their long-term plans. In turn, this points to the belief that the Sixers could potentially look for McConnell to handle a larger workload. As the Sixers were under the impression that Fultz was completely healthy, his "team" suggested that he shouldn't play another minute for the Sixers until he gets himself checked out again. "For now, however, Fultz is still around the team as if nothing has changed except his playing time". He also didn't feature in the second half of last week's win over the Phoenix Suns, with T.J. McConnell getting backup point guard responsibilities instead. Fultz's agent and attorney, Raymond Brothers, told the Sixers that Fultz would seek further opinions on his shoulder before returning to the court. He's now averaging 12.4 points (shooting 43.0 percent from the field), 4.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.

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The reported decision comes on the heels of the Markelle Fultz situation picking up steam.

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