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Report: Markelle Fultz did ‘light shooting’ with Sixers after declaration he wouldn’t practice or play until seeing shoulder specialist

Markelle Fultz, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz worked out with the team Tuesday despite the fact his agent said he would not until he saw a shoulder specialist in the next week.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that Fultz would be seeing a specialist for his shoulder and would not be practicing or playing in any games. Sixers general manager Elton Brand and head coach Brett Brown have already addressed the issue and are throwing their full support behind Fultz.

While Fultz wasn’t initially expected to practice until his appointment, perhaps an exception was made given this session wasn’t a full practice and was just “light shooting.”

Fultz’s saga has been bizarre since it began during his rookie season after Philly traded up to draft him with the No. 1 pick. There have been many theories going around about what is actually wrong with him, but nobody seems to know. The Sixers were caught off guard by this desire to see another specialist.

Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 0.9 steals per game this season. He’s shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3, and he’s still very reluctant to shoot 3s. He also has been having more issues with his free-throw form.

Philly is 12-7 on the season, which is good for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. With the Sixers acquiring Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Markelle Fultz has lost his spot in the starting lineup, and it’s unclear when he’ll be back playing at all.