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Potential trade suitors for Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz appear to be skeptical about the reasons for his shooting woes, according to a report from Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Sixers are reportedly open to trading Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft.
But so far, the Sixers have not come close to a deal, and Fultz’s lingering and mysterious shoulder injury have recently put him back on the sidelines.
“Sources have long said that his shooting woes were mental and that Fultz was dealing with the yips,” Pompey wrote. “Potential trade partners simply want the truth.”
Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, has denied a report that Fultz wants a trade. However, as Pompey and others have reported, the Sixers may be looking to move on anyway.
Fultz started early in the season but was moved to the bench in favor of J.J. Redick following last month’s trade for Jimmy Butler. After that, Fultz appeared to fall behind T.J. McConnell as the top reserve guard off the bench.
Along with the shoulder issue, The Athletic reported that Fultz is suffering an injury to the right “wrist area.” Neither the Sixers nor Fultz have confirmed any such issue.
Either way, it appears opposing teams want to make sure that Fultz is actually hurt before making any sort of serious trade offer.
“In other words, potential 76ers trade partners don’t want Fultz saying that his right shoulder and wrist are bothering him if he actually has a mental block that’s hindering his shooting,” Pompey reported, citing a source.