Markelle Fultz’s agent fully denies trade request from Sixers
No, there won’t be traded for Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz. That is what his agent, Raymond Brothers, emphasized after reports surfaced that they are looking for a trade for the second-year Sixers guard.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Brothers denied the rumors that they asked the Sixers to trade Markelle Fultz. Per the report, the player’s camp clarified that “they have given no indication” to the team that they want a trade, adding that they are focused on helping the 20-year-old get over his shoulder issue.
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
Markelle Fultz has been hampered by a shoulder injury that limited him to just 14 games in his rookie season. He is attempting to bounce back this year and has taken a step up by averaging 8.2 points per game in 19 contests this season.
He went on to start 15 of those, but it’s clear his shoulder is still bothering him. Based on the latest developments, Markelle Fultz will not participate in team practices until he is evaluated by a shoulder specialist in New York.
In his young playing career, Markelle Fultz has already shown his potential. He registered a triple-double in only 25 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks last April. The then 19-year-old had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Sixers win, 130-95.
With the Sixers establishing themselves as contenders once again, they would really need Markelle Fultz to stay and remain healthy. Philly has the potential of building their own “Big Four” with Fultz, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the newly acquired Jimmy Butler.
Fultz, the top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, impressed many while playing for the University of Washington. His 23.2 points per game in 2016 was the highest for any PAC-12 player in 20 years.