Rumors: Pistons still interested in Sixers’ Markelle Fultz, but hesitant due to lack of transparency with injury
The Detroit Pistons are reportedly still interested in trading for Philadelphia 76ers second-year combo guard Markelle Fultz. However, they are hesitant to pull the trigger due to the lack of transparency on Fultz’s shoulder injury.
Markelle Fultz was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome on Dec. 4 and has been away from the Sixers rehabbing the injury in Los Angeles. There is no timetable for his return and that appears to be a concern for Detroit, according to Dave Early of Sixers Wire.
According to a person with knowledge of the way the front office thinks in Detroit, the Pistons still have interest in Fultz. However, they feel hesitant due to a lack of transparency about when the No. 1 overall pick will return. The person requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The person who spoke with Sixers Wire says that Detroit accepts that Fultz’s jump shot is not where they would want it to be quite yet. But they do not want to risk him being unable to play for the remainder of this season.
Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, played in 19 games this season with the Sixers. The 20-year-old averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest while shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 56.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Pistons starting point guard Reggie Jackson will become an unrestricted free agent after this season and there have been talks that Detroit is looking to part ways with him.
Fultz could definitely use a change of scenery given everything that has happened since he was drafted by the Sixers, but until he can prove he can shoot the ball without a hitch, it doesn’t matter where he plays.