Report: 76ers have fielded trade calls for Markelle Fultz


Philadelphia 76ers' Markelle Fultz pauses during the team's NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Philadelphia 76ers have fielded calls from teams interested in trading for Markelle Fultz, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Their preference, though, is to wait and see what the top selection from the 2017 NBA Draft looks like when he returns to the court this season, something both the player and his agent Raymond Brothers expect to happen.

Fultz re-joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the first time in three weeks, in Boston, for their Christmas Day matchup against the Celtics.

The 20-year-old was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome earlier this month after leaving the team on Nov. 21 to seek out the opinion of several specialists in late November and early December. The syndrome is one that affects nerves between the neck and shoulder and limits the range of motion as a result. He has been engaged in physical therapy in Los Angeles since.

Fultz is expected to return to L.A. to continue his rehab and, according to Brothers, there has been improvement in his range of motion through the course of this process thus far.

This past Saturday, Sixers GM Elton Brand said it was “to be determined” whether or not Fultz would play again this season, but expected to have an update in a few weeks.

On the season, Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists and has struggled mightily shooting the ball, with marks of 28.6 per cent shooting from three-point range and a 56.8 per cent success rate at the free-throw line. He lost his place in the starting lineup upon the team’s acquisition of Jimmy Butler and was steadily losing minutes to backup point guard T.J. McConnell.

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