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Report: Sixers’ Markelle Fultz expected to be re-evaluated next week

Vincent Frank
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It’s still not yet known when second-year Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (wrist/shoulder) will return to the court. We’re not even sure if the former No. 1 overall pick will play another game in Philadelphia.

The good news here is that there could be light at the end of the tunnel. Out since mid November with thoracic outlet syndrome, Fultz is expected to be re-evaluated next week.

“Markelle Fultz will be reevaluated early next week for thoracic outlet syndrome, according to multiple sources,” Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. “Fultz has yet to resume basketball activities. He would need to get back in shape, and perhaps, show improvement on his shot, before playing in a game.”

Originally expected to miss between three-and-six weeks, Fultz has already been out well more than a month.

The backdrop here is obvious. Reports have suggested that Philadelphia will look to deal Fultz ahead of February’s NBA trade deadline. Multiple teams have shown interest.

Struggling with both injuries and performance throughout his young career, Fultz has missed 87 of a possible 120 career games. He’s averaging just 8.2 points and 42 percent shooting this season.