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Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the team announced Tuesday.
“Fultz’s attorney and agent, Raymond Brothers, has strong confidence that this diagnosis and rehab will address Fultz’s shooting issues,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported. “Sixers officials are certainly hoping his optimism is warranted.”
Brothers told ESPN: “People were saying it was a mental problem and it is not. There’s no way you’re the No. 1 pick in the world and all of a sudden you aren’t able to consistently raise your arms to shoot … Something is physically wrong. Now we have the answer to that problem.”
Fultz has had a tough season, averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. He was moved out of the starting lineup in favor of J.J. Redick following the team’s trade for Jimmy Butler last month.
Fultz has been at the center of trade rumors this season, but Sixers head coach Brett Brown and general manager Elton Brand have said that the trade rumors surrounding Fultz are not true and that he’s staying put.
For now, his goal will be to try get back to health so he can once again get back on the court.