Magic GM John Hammond has ‘no idea’ when Markelle Fultz will be ready to play
Orlando Magic general manager John Hammond has “no idea” when Markelle Fultz will be ready to play.
Fultz is rehabbing from thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve issue in the neck and chest. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has only played in 33 games in the NBA. The Magic acquired Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers on February 7.
“It’s just a matter of him just continuing to get more comfortable, continuing for him to get himself in a position where he’s ready to step on the floor and help us,” Hammond told 96.9 The Game in Orlando. “And look, we have no idea when that’s going to be. We’re hoping much, much sooner than later. But once again, we’re trying to do this the best we can, and that’s have that word of patience.
“He’s working extremely hard. He’s in good shape. His weight is good. His overall body-fat percentage is very good. So, if you look at him, you say, ‘Wow, he looks great.’ “
Fultz dealt with scapular muscle imbalance in his shoulder during his rookie season with the Sixers. He has career averages of 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from beyond the arc and 53.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Hammond has already said Fultz won’t play for the Magic in the Las Vegas Summer League.