Despite the team's statements supporting him, second-year guard Markelle Fultz is no longer in the Sixers' long-term plans and the organization is no longer using Fultz's shoulder ailment as an excuse for his poor performances, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Markelle Fultz is scheduled to visit a shoulder specialist in New York within the next week and won’t participate in full practices or games until the specialist has had the opportunity to evaluate him. In 19 games this season, Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 56.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Fultz would prefer a fresh start with a new team, according to a report from The Athletic. The former No. 1 overall pick has also been playing with an apparent injury in his right wrist area that has adversely affected his ability to shoot. Fultz’s shoulder injury is still apparent, although people in the Sixers' organization believes all of his issues are mental and not physical.
Markelle Fultz has not requested a trade, but the Sixers are considering trading Fultz because the franchise is tired of this saga that began last season. Fultz really doesn’t have any trade value right now. Maybe the Sixers can get a late second-round pick for him if they decide to move him, but even that's a stretch considering how bad his shot looks right now.