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An exhaustive (and final) timeline of Markelle Fultz’s time with the Sixers

An exhaustive (and final) timeline of Markelle Fultz's time with the Sixers

The Markelle Fultz Period has formally come to an finish in Philadelphia, and what an extended unusual journey it has been.

There have been ups and (principally) downs on this saga, nevertheless it’s not the Sixers drawback as they appear to construct a championship contending staff for the foreseeable future after making a blockbuster deal to accumulate Tobias Harris a day earlier than buying and selling Fultz to the Magic in trade for Jonathan Simmons and a pair of picks. 

However earlier than utterly shifting on, let’s take yet one more look again at how the Sixers went from buying and selling as much as purchase Fultz with the first-overall decide to delivery him off to Orlando after he appeared in simply 33 video games for the staff. 

This is a full take a look at Fultz’s Sixers profession, from begin to end and every part in between… 


June 16, 2017: In blockbuster deal, Sixers purchase prime decide in draft from Celtics. 

In any case of the commerce rumors involving the Philadelphia 76ers shifting down, Bryan Colangelo and the entrance workplace determined to go the different method. The Sixers made a franchise-changing transfer on Saturday in a method or one other, hanging a deal with the Boston Celtics for the prime general decide in the 2017 NBA Draft and Markelle Fultz. 

In return, Philadelphia is sending the following: the third general decide in the 2017 NBA Draft and, nicely, one of the weirdest protected picks in the historical past of the NBA. [MORE]

June 17, 2017: Sixers host Washington guard Markelle Fultz for pre-draft exercise

It did not go properly.

So, how did Fultz shoot? Like Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Along Came Polly.”

Yep, Fultz threw up a bunch of bricks. Was it solely like 20 photographs? Yep. Was he in all probability somewhat drained from the journey up I-95 from Maryland? He didn’t assume so. Was he in all probability a bit of nervous with all of the consideration? I don’t know. However yeah, he shot poorly from what we noticed.

Clearly, the on-court work was by far the least essential half of Fultz’s journey. The Sixers principally need to speak to him and get his medical info.  [MORE]

However it clearly went properly sufficient, as a result of…

June 22, 2017: Sixers choose Fultz with prime general decide

The Course of has taken 4 seasons, and the Sixers appear to be they’re about to start out seeing some outcomes.

To the shock of the no one, the Philadelphia 76ers chosen College of Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 decide in the NBA Draft. Fultz will be a part of an thrilling younger Sixers core with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and a slew of different younger gamers.  [MORE]

July three, 2017: Fultz scores 17 factors in Summer time League debut

After agreeing to a brand new contract, Maryland native Kevin Durant took to Twitter to chime in on Fultz:

Even when I’m not fairly positive what a “Jimbo” is (I’m going to imagine “jumper,” however hey, I won’t REALLY hoop), Fultz seemed fairly clean en path to his 17 factors (6-16 FG), 2 rebounds, 1 help (to 4 turnovers), three blocks and a steal. I all the time look again at Evan Turner’s first summer time league as a barometer, particularly ET actually struggling to create his personal shot. Turner ended up making a pleasant dwelling in the NBA, however he by no means become a franchise capturing guard.  [MORE]

July eight, 2017: Fultz indicators rookie deal with Sixers

The Sixers and their prized draft decide made it official Saturday.

Markelle Fultz is about to make $5.eight million subsequent season, however the Maryland native will probably see 20 % extra, the Philadelphia Inquirer stories.  [MORE]

July 9, 2017: Fultz suffers ankle sprain in summer time league opener

Supply tells PhillyVoice it is a ‘conventional sprain’ and he might return in every week or two…

A group supply confirmed that Fultz suffered a lateral ankle sprain, not a excessive ankle sprain as was initially reported by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. In reality, staff docs didn’t worry the damage to be a excessive ankle sprain, and Shelburne’s colleague Marc J. Spears was the first to report that it was a standard sprain earlier on Sunday.  [MORE]

September 28, 2017: Brown says Fultz, who nonetheless hasn’t performed since spraining his ankle, made some tweaks to his shot

“Markelle has made some personal adjustments to his shot since we last saw him in Vegas, we’ve done stuff with him but really he’s been with his personal trainer over the month of August and since Summer League ended,” stated Brown. “He chose to look at some different things on his shot, heart’s in the right place, trying to improve. Slowly, we’re coming back into it and trying to recalibrate and get it back.”  [MORE]

However Fultz denied making any huge modifications.

Fultz himself downplayed the significance of the experiment we’re watching unfold earlier than our eyes, insisting he has been doing mild tinkering greater than he’s committing to any radical modifications to his recreation.

“It was just something going on where I wanted to try something new, but my free throw’s going to look the same as college. I’m just trying to look at different ways to see how the ball can go in the hoop,” stated Fultz. He burdened that his main point-of-emphasis has been on preparing for a deeper three-point line, and enhancing his proficiency as an off-ball menace. “This is a further three, so just [getting ready to] catch-and-shoot. You’ve got great people here—Ben, JJ, everybody—so you’ve got to be ready to catch-and-shoot whenever you’re open.”  [MORE]

October 2017: Fultz’s capturing type turns into a serious situation

How are you purported to give attention to big-picture issues and options when the No. 1 general decide, the participant you made a commerce with a hated rival to acquire, has stopped taking the photographs that made him such a harmful offensive participant?

The “stopped taking” half of that sentence cannot be confused sufficient. Have been this a case of Fultz lacking photographs, individuals can be up in arms, however it might at the least be defined on some degree. The place we’re at now would have been unfathomable a couple of brief months in the past. He is going via the ordinary rookie rising pains at the second, inconsistent as you may anticipate. The one constant factor is the absence of a scorer’s mentality.  [MORE]

October 24, 2017: In response to a report, Fultz ‘actually can’t increase up his arms to shoot’ after having fluid drained from shoulder

Based on ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Fultz had his shoulder drained will search the assist of a specialist.

“Markelle had a shoulder injury and fluid drained out of the back of his shoulder,” [Fultz’s] agent Raymond Brothers informed ESPN. “He literally cannot raise up his arms to shoot the basketball. He decided to try and fight through the pain to help the team. He has a great attitude. We are committed to finding a solution to get Markelle back to 100 percent.”

No determination has been made for Fultz to overlook video games, league sources stated.

Fultz had the shoulder drained prior to start out of the common season, which prompted him to overlook the finish of the Sixers’ preseason schedule, Brothers stated.  [MORE]

October 29, 2017: Fultz out indefinitely following go to to a different shoulder specialist 

How banged up is Markelle Fultz’s shoulder proper now? That is a query that is still troublesome to reply. The Sixers stay agency that he is dealing with shoulder soreness, and shoulder soreness alone, however the rookie guard is now anticipated to overlook at the least the subsequent three weeks consequently of no matter is occurring with his shoulder.

As I reported on Saturday night time, Fultz was in Lexington, KY this weekend to seek the advice of with one other shoulder specialist about what’s ailing him. He was joined by members of the Sixers’ medical staff, per a supply, and the staff confirmed the go to in a press launch they dropped shortly after the Eagles wrapped up on Sunday.  [MORE]

December eight, 2017: Medical replace signifies Fultz is nearer to returning 

We’ve not seen him shoot a right-handed jumper since October, and we have needed to comply with alongside on Instagram as he traveled forwards and backwards from Philadelphia to Lexington, KY. However from the sound of issues, Markelle Fultz is on the verge of breaking again into the Sixers’ lineup someday quickly, and we might lastly get to see why the Sixers traded up for the No. 1 decide to start with.  [MORE]

•  2018  •

January 2, 2018: Fultz returns to apply in restricted position

Sixers followers have been ready for a complete replace on rookie guard Markelle Fultz for some time. They’re nonetheless ready for one in 2018, however the Washington product made his return to (seen) follow on Tuesday, and that in itself is an enormous deal.  [MORE]

January 7, 2018: Fultz returns to full-court, five-on-five basketball at follow

A timetable for Markelle Fultz’s return to the courtroom stays elusive. However for these looking for any signal of a Fultz comeback, the Sixers offered a notable replace on Sunday afternoon: their No. 1 decide is again on the courtroom and enjoying full-contact, five-on-five basketball…

It was the first time since the workforce stated his shoulder returned to 100 % on December 9 that Fultz has been capable of take part in workforce actions to that diploma. The velocity of his progress additionally seems to be ramping up slightly shortly, as Fultz was solely concerned in halfcourt four-on-four drills as of final Tuesday.  [MORE]

February 9, 2018: Bryan Colangelo says Fultz’s vary is at present ‘inside the paint’

Bryan Colangelo was requested about whether or not Fultz’s vary can be a figuring out issue for when he stepped on the courtroom.

“I think he’s got to feel right, and we’ve got to feel right … Everything within a certain range, it’s beautiful,” stated Colangelo. When pressed on what the vary at present is, Colangelo provided a revealing reply: “It’s within the paint basically. Paint shots, perimeter shots are kind of where you draw a line. But anything instinctive going to the hole, talk about shot creation and what he’s able to do just some of the rise ups, it’s nice to see.”

Of all the issues we have seen and heard over the final six months, this can be the most preposterous. A participant who was seen taking step-back, NBA-range threes (and making them!) as lately as July now has his vary restricted to photographs inside the paint. He went from a guard drawing comparisons to Kyrie Irving popping out of school, to a 6’four” Ben Simmons without the same size and athleticism to overcome the lack of shooting.  [MORE]

February 12, 2018: PhillyVoice Exclusive: What has really been going on with Fultz?

PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck publishes in-depth look at what’s really been going on with Markelle Fultz in the nine months since the team drafted him.  If you read any of the stories in here, make it this one… 

Over the course of the last six months, PhillyVoice has spoken to people in, around, and connected to the Sixers about what is going on with the kid who was supposed to be the final piece of their puzzle. What is most striking is the degree to which opinions on Fultz’s shot diverge depending on who it is you ask. Doctors explain how unprecedented this is for a basketball player, staffers point the finger at outside influences, and his own GM says publicly his range does not currently extend beyond the paint. 

All the while our subject in question remains silent, retweeting videos of what his shot used to look like as an avalanche of criticism floods his Twitter mentions.

Markelle Fultz is surrounded by sound and fury. And once you begin to understand that, the disappearance of his jumper makes a lot more sense.  [MORE]

February 23, 2018: Fultz named in sweeping NCAA corruption case

Yahoo’s Pat Forde and Pete Thamel unveiled a comprehensive report on Friday morning, detailing payments made to dozens of current or former NCAA basketball stars by former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency, ASM Sports. The list includes current lottery prospects like Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Alabama’s Colin Sexton, and Duke’s Wendell Carter, and spans across dozens of blue-blood programs around the country.

In the part pertinent to Sixers fans, one of the names in the report is none other than Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick who has been out of action since late October. Documents obtained by Yahoo detail what appears to be a $10,000 loan to Fultz, in addition to a cavalcade of other young players.  [MORE]

March 26, 2018: Fultz returns to Sixers lineup against Nuggets

“It was his determination,” said Brown. “I get goosebumps telling you all that. I am so proud of him, and the individuals round him have accomplished nice issues. I give that child credit score, he shall be with us tonight.”

Fultz’s role is expected to be as the primary backup to Ben Simmons early on, with the (other) rookie assuming lead ballhandling duties on the second unit. His minute count will be fluid, in what Brown described as a “drip feed” from now through the end of the season.  [MORE]

Fultz had a solid game, going for 10 points, eight assists and four rebounds in just over 14 minutes. After the game, however, Fultz gave the silent treatment when asked about his shoulder injury. But he answered every other question.

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April 11, 2018: Fultz posts triple-double in season-finale win over Bucks

If you wanted a single sequence that summed up Philadelphia’s dream 2017-18 season, you got it with just over a minute to go in the final game of the year. One rebound away from a triple-double, rookie guard Markelle Fultz soared through the air toward a Brandon Jennings miss, coming down with the rebound over Milwaukee’s Thon Maker. The Wells Fargo Center erupted, showering the kid whose jumper went missing with the sort of love that usually takes years to earn.

But it was the reaction on the floor that mattered most. T.J. McConnell, the guy who has seen his role shrink since Fultz’s return, was the first Sixers player to hunt down his teammate on the floor, half-hugging, half-attacking his peer under the basket. He was engulfed by his teammates, who have a much better understanding than most do just how much it took for Fultz to get back on the court at all.  [MORE]

April-May 2018: Fultz sits on bench for nearly the entirety of Sixers’ playoff run

Underneath all those positives and all that success is a major storyline — the No. 1 overall pick, the kid you made a deal with a longtime rival to acquire, not being able to even get on the court in a playoff series? It would have seemed just as impossible last June as all the great things the Sixers have accomplished since.

But here we are, with the Sixers preparing for Game 2 of a playoff series, and Markelle Fultz is firmly on the outside looking in.  [MORE]

May 6, 2018: Jayson Tatum continues torching Sixers in playoffs while Fultz can only watch from bench

When the Sixers made the move to trade up for the No. 1 overall pick last summer, their vision probably looked something like this: with the game on the line in a 2018 playoff game, they would have a perimeter player you could clear the floor for, and count on him to create a good look for your offense all by his lonesome.

The problem, then, is that the guy who is doing that right now is Jayson Tatum, the player your division rival has standing across from you in a playoff series. That would be bad enough if the Celtics just so happened to stumble upon a gem with their top pick, but he will forever be connected to the Sixers because of the draft trade that guaranteed Markelle Fultz’s arrival in Philadelphia.

We’re a long way away from knowing what Tatum and Fultz are going to be when they hit their respective peaks, but as this series has unfolded, it gets harder and harder to sweep under the rug that one draftee is thriving, while one collects dust on the bench.  [MORE]

June 22, 2018: Trainer Drew Hanlen hypes Fultz’s new jumper, discusses prior case of ‘the yips’

Fultz would go on to deny ever having the “yips” during Sixers media day a few months later

During an appearance on the Talking Schmidt Podcast — which claims to be about “the greatest tales and sports activities takes from Columbia to St. Louis and past” — Hanlen went in depth on the problems facing Fultz, and he put a name on the problem many people have discussed for months: “the yips.”

“With Markelle, clearly he has one of the most documented instances of type of the YIPS of basketball in recent times, the place he utterly forgot methods to shoot and had a number of hitches in his shot. So for me it was, hey pay attention, how can I get this child that was No. 1 in final yr’s draft again rolling and get him to the level the place he was earlier than, if not higher?” …

This is the first person that could loosely be defined as “inside circle” with Fultz to put the yips designation on the problem publicly. Plenty of people have danced around it, but that’s a pretty strong stance out of the gate.  [MORE]

June 30, 2018: Sources tell PhillyVoice that Fultz will not participate in Summer League

After deliberation between various parties involved in his summer program, it has been determined that Sixers guard Markelle Fultz will not participate in Summer League, a team source confirmed to PhillyVoice on Saturday evening.

Fultz’s participation in the summer event has been a hotly-debated topic in Philadelphia over the last month or two… But with Fultz in the middle of a development program with skills trainer Drew Hanlen, the Sixers have opted to let him stay the course there, rather than throw him into a different environment midstream, a source told PhillyVoice.  [MORE]

July 10, 2018: New footage of Fultz shooting — sort of — emerges on YouTube

Give this to basketball trainer Drew Hanlen — he sure knows how to market his product. With the St. Louis native in charge of workout programs for several prominent Sixers this summer, including Markelle Fultz and center Joel Embiid, he has done everything in his power to leave Philadelphia hanging on his every word.

Case and point: with just four words on Twitter on Sunday evening, Hanlen caused a bit of an uproar.

“Sixers followers… Get excited!”  [MORE]

September 20, 2018: Video of Fultz’s new shot is uploaded to Fb

September 28, 2018: Brown thrusts Fultz into beginning position to kick off preseason

So, Brett Brown got here out earlier than tonight’s recreation and dropped a fairly big story on us — Markelle Fultz will begin in place of JJ Redick tonight, and it definitely seems like the partnership of he and Simmons goes to be given an opportunity to start out proper out the gate in the common season.

Requested by PhillyVoice about how issues would look, Brown launched into an in depth reply on the reasoning for doing so and the behind-the-scenes machinations that put it in movement.  [MORE]

October 1, 2018: Fultz’s three-point shot emerges in Sixers’ win over Magic

Previous to Monday night time’s recreation towards the Orlando Magic, we had already seen fairly a bit from Markelle Fultz for those who monitor again via final season. However even with all he confirmed (good and dangerous) as a free-throw shooter, a mid-range marksman, a playmaker, a defender, and so forth, it was exhausting to not discover the elephant in the room. The child who had been set off completely happy from deep at the College of Washington was downright disinterested in taking threes.

No less than he was, till he lastly confirmed a shooter’s mentality from downtown on Monday night time. It was a sleepy night time at the Wells Fargo Middle, however Fultz’s capturing gave everybody a bit of life.  [MORE]

October 19, 2018: Fultz will get some love as Sixers blowout Bulls in residence opener

Usually, with Ben Simmons dropping a triple-double in three quarters and Joel Embiid scoring 30 factors in a blowout win, the focus of all postgame commentary would have been on Philadelphia’s stars righting the ship towards a nasty Bulls group. Perhaps these two guys doing these two issues towards that workforce qualifies as enterprise as typical.

No, the chatter after the recreation was about Markelle Fultz, the 20-year-old whose each shot is scrutinized. It was a curler coaster night for the Washington product, who started the recreation ignoring the three-point line and ended it listening to loud cheers after a robust closing interval.  [MORE]

November four, 2018: Ugly three level try prompts coach Hanlen to tweet about Fultz’s well being

Hanlen would later delete this tweet:

November 5, 2018: Sources inform PhillyVoice there isn’t any underlying well being concern for Fultz regardless of Hanlen’s tweet

PhillyVoice carried out discussions with quite a few individuals in the know on Monday afternoon, and the consensus is that Fultz shouldn’t be dealing with any situation past what a traditional NBA participant faces throughout an 82-game season. 

Philadelphia is coming off a stretch the place they performed 5 video games in seven days, and Fultz has continued to play a reasonably outstanding position in the group throughout this loaded half of the schedule. Separate discussions happened between members of the Sixers’ group, Hanlen, and Fultz after Hanlen’s tweet surfaced on Monday, PhillyVoice has been advised, and there’s no indication of an underlying concern that may influence Fultz’s capability to contribute.  [MORE]

November 12, 2018: Fultz free throw type hits new low towards Warmth


November 13, 2018: GM Elton Model addresses Fultz (and his hideous free throw)

Jon Johnson (94 WIP): I hate to ask you this on such a day; so much was made final night time about Markelle Fultz’s free throw. Did you see it? What was your response?

Model: I noticed the free throw, for positive. I have been seeing him work this summer time, and all of this season, and he has occasions the place one thing like that occurs. However following that, he shot it very nicely and it seemed very fluid. He will have some ups and downs. He will have extra ups than downs. You noticed the expertise degree in flashes, how gifted he’s.

Kevin Kinkead (Crossing Broad): Elton, is he nonetheless working with Drew Hanlen? There was a report final night time that he and Drew have been not on talking phrases.

Model: I am unsure about that. We now have our teaching employees right here and he is working with our teaching employees. However there is a window from earlier than 9 a.m. and after four p.m. that you could work with outdoors trainers in our facility, however I am unsure about that.  [MORE]

November 14, 2018: Sixers demote Fultz to bench in first recreation with Jimmy Butler

Markelle Fultz is not a starter for the Sixers. In any case the hemming and hawing from Brett Brown about the experiment with Fultz and Ben Simmons being pushed by, “gut feel,” all it took was a serious addition to make it clear modifications have been vital.

In accordance with The Athletic’s Wealthy Hofmann, who’s on the floor in Orlando for Jimmy Butler’s debut, Brown claims Fultz, “has done nothing wrong” to warrant the transfer.  [MORE]

November 15, 2018: Fultz’s agent calls report of alleged motorbike accident ‘100 % not true’

A report earlier this week claimed the supply of Markelle Fultz’s capturing woes and shoulder points final yr was a motorbike accident, that was coated up in an effort to shield Fultz…

In a telephone dialog with PhillyVoice carried out Thursday afternoon, Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, vehemently denied the allegation.

“Markelle and the motorcycle, I saw the article that was sent, 100 percent not true,” stated Brothers. “Quote me on that.”  [MORE]

November 19, 2018: T.J. McConnell replaces Fultz as Sixers backup PG in win over Suns

This is able to transform the final time Markelle Fultz performed in a recreation for the Sixers.

There was a second at the finish of the first half when Markelle Fultz was set to verify into the recreation with :27 seconds on the clock. The younger guard stood puzzled close to midcourt, seemingly confused about who he was supposed to return in for, and even after being introduced by PA announcer Matt Twine, Fultz was yanked again to the bench by an animated Brown. The coach as an alternative despatched T.J. McConnell in, and residential crowd responded with thunderous applause.

By itself, maybe not noteworthy. However Brown turned to McConnell as soon as once more for all of the backup level guard minutes in the second half, leaving Fultz in chilly storage after a disappointing effort in seven first-half minutes.  [MORE]

November 20, 2018: Fultz’s agent blindsides Sixers by telling them he will not apply till he sees one other shoulder specialist

Markelle Fultz will see a shoulder specialist subsequent week at the behest of his agent, Raymond Brothers, in line with a report from David Aldridge of The Athletic…

Brothers wouldn’t supply a touch upon the state of affairs to PhillyVoice however confirmed by way of textual content that Aldridge’s report is correct.

To say the timing is curious can be an understatement.  [MORE]

The timing was odd as a result of only a night time earlier, Fultz was seemingly benched for T.J. McConnell. Making issues worse, the workforce was completely caught off guard by this determination.

Given the nature of how the group came upon about this, the GM’s seen annoyance with the state of affairs, and the apparent dot connecting that even Brown could not dismiss, I might say there’s nonetheless much more to be uncovered right here.

The underside line is that this — even when the goal right here is to rectify a reliable concern Fultz is dealing with, shoulder or in any other case, the course of to get right here is so shoddy and so ill-timed that the public now has extra cause belief the most criticized medical employees in the league than they do the participant who will sit out (or perhaps not) till additional discover.

You truly really feel for the Sixers. They gave starter’s minutes to a participant who had achieved little to earn them to start out the season, and at the first signal of the workforce beginning to put the collective forward of him — and rightfully so — the individuals round him pushed the panic button, placing them in an unwinnable state of affairs.  [MORE]

December four, 2018: Fultz is recognized with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, dominated out indefinitely

All through the course of of determining precisely what is going on on, a supply advised PhillyVoice that Fultz has seen over 10 specialists and that the root trigger of the numerous signs (most pertinently the wonky capturing mechanics) stays an unknown.

In line with a supply who spoke to PhillyVoice, the indefinite timetable is getting used as a stand-in as a result of the staff merely cannot pinpoint an correct window for the difficulty(s) at hand. In contrast to one thing like say, a bone break, this facilities round Fultz’s tolerance threshold and degree of discomfort relatively than one thing as clear as a clear X-ray.  [MORE]

•  2019  •

January 19, 2019: Fultz returns to Philly to proceed his rehab with the group

… however a return to the lineup did not sound promising, even then.

Talking with staff sources on Saturday afternoon, PhillyVoice has discovered that past Fultz’s return to the lineup, the Sixers stay unsure of once they can anticipate Fultz to return even to a workforce follow setting. From their purview, Fultz’s return to the Philadelphia space is strictly to proceed his bodily remedy, with the subsequent steps in his return to play but to be decided.

Whereas Fultz’s return to the franchise can be welcomed as a constructive signal by many, the uncertainty relating to his standing speaks to the unorthodox nature of this example. The Sixers, aside from having a staff consultant monitoring his progress on the West Coast, have been working at the discretion of Fultz and his agent, Raymond Brothers. 

To that finish, the Sixers stay unsure of what this implies for Fultz’s presence round the group even in the speedy time period. Late subsequent week, the Sixers will depart for a visit out west, starting with a recreation towards the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, January 26. At this time, group officers wouldn’t decide to Fultz touring with the group in any capability, even in road garments, claiming it is, “too early to tell.”  [MORE]

January 25, 2019: Sixers supply one other medical replace on Fultz

The most important takeaway from this was that Fultz was going to be becoming a member of his teammates on their West Coast street journey, however as Kyle Neubeck identified at the time, that hardly meant the Sixers guard was any nearer to a return to the courtroom.

First issues first — it is undoubtedly a constructive that Fultz will proceed to do no matter work it’s he is doing behind-the-scenes whereas maintaining with his staff on the street journey. Previous to Fultz’s return, Brown and the Sixers have been most excited simply to have him again with his teammates, to not play him however to easily have him round the group once more. That he can get his PT carried out with out having to remain residence or head again out to L.A. is an effective factor.

Nonetheless, Brown’s practice of thought upon Fultz’s return final Saturday was that he needed to see what type of form Fultz was in upon returning. That the coach is not capable of decide to having him, “running around, shooting around” whereas on the street journey, based mostly on the info he has been given by the numerous events concerned, does not precisely recommend we’re anyplace near a return right here.  [MORE]

February 5, 2019: Brett Brown says Fultz return to the rotation this season can be a pleasing shock, not a given

When Brown was requested whether or not the staff might rely on Fultz as half of their projections of what they’ve for the stretch run, nevertheless, he didn’t supply a agency dedication:

DAVID MURPHY, Once you do these projections, do you’ve gotten Markelle Fultz penciled in there so far as that rotation? 

BRETT BROWN (clarifying): Do I’ve Markelle Fultz what?

MURPHY: Whenever you’re projecting what you may want for the playoffs and the composition of your bench or rotation, are you planning on Markelle being in there?

BROWN: I imply proper now we’ve not seen Markelle for a way lengthy? And all of us perceive his development again to the courtroom has been type of managed in a slow-type trend. So I feel with Markelle, I imply I hear your query, however proper now I am hoping to be pleasantly stunned with how he arrives again with us, greater than assume he will be there. I feel it isn’t sensible for me to assume like that.  [MORE]

February 7, 2019: Sixers commerce Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic

The Markelle Fultz Period in Philly has formally come to an finish. In return for Fultz, the Sixers acquired Jonathan Simmons, a first-round decide and a second-round decide. 

Regardless of what occurs at his subsequent cease in Orlando, he’ll endlessly be remembered as the piece they acquired again in a commerce with their archrival Boston Celtics, which allowed the Celtics to select up an additional asset on prime of choosing Jayson Tatum in the 2017 Draft. A transfer that was seen as a slam-dunk match at the time spiraled into insanity, leaving us the place we’re immediately.

With Philadelphia pushing their chips in to compete proper now, Fultz’s destiny on this city was sealed as quickly as they made the transfer to commerce for Tobias Harris. The Sixers should depend on low cost manufacturing from creating first-round picks whereas constructing round an costly core, however they want these gamers to be a minimum of semi-reliable. With Fultz’s return to the lineup a continuing thriller and the current distance put between his camp and the staff, there was no certainty that Philadelphia might depend on him to supply or just be obtainable once they wanted him.

Group sources frightened about these type of issues behind the scenes, whereas Brett Brown got here out and stated the Sixers couldn’t rely on him being half of their playoff rotation heading into the deadline. Fultz was scheduled to make virtually $10 million subsequent season, and with wage implications extra essential to this workforce than ever, they determined it was not value the danger to maintain Fultz round till the summer time.  [MORE]

Now, Fultz heads off to Orlando, the place he’ll begin the subsequent chapter of his younger profession…

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