The Atheletic has dropped a bit of a bombshell. According to Derek Bodner, Jared Weiss and Sam Amick, sources familiar with Markelle Fultz’s thinking say that he “would prefer a fresh start with a new team”:
Sources with knowledge of Fultz’s thinking have also told The Athletic that the player would prefer a fresh start with a new team.
Editor’s note: to clarify, Fultz has not requested a trade.
That’s not all, though. The Athletic is also reporting that Fultz is dealing with a wrist injury:
In addition to a previously diagnosed right shoulder injury that continues to impact him, Fultz has been playing with an apparent injury in his right wrist area that has adversely affected his ability to shoot, league sources told The Athletic. The issue has led to periodic difficulties holding on to the ball during his shot. Specialists have been working with Fultz to figure out how they can strengthen the wrist area to remedy the injury.
The wrist and shoulder injuries’ impact varies; some days they badly hinder him, other days they do not, causing an erratic pattern in which his shot appears to be working one game and is off the next. As he tries to work through and compensate for the injury, it has at times resulted in a case of the ‘yips,’ especially when shooting free throws.
If that all seems like a lot, it’s only scratching the surface. I highly suggest you read the full report. (Subscription required.) We’ll have reaction to follow.
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