Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz was recently diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, aka TOS, which will keep him on the sidelines for several more weeks.
Though Fultz hasn’t played in nearly a month and is currently rehabbing in Los Angeles, several NBA teams have reached out to the Sixers in hopes of trading for the 20-year old former #1 overall pick. However, as Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports, those offers have all been rejected.
“According to people in the league, the Sixers have rejected multiple trade offers for Fultz. It’s not just that Philadelphia remains hopeful in getting Fultz on track to be a star in Philadelphia — much like prior top picks Ben Simmons and Embiid, who both missed their rookie seasons because of injuries.”
“The Sixers have not received trade offers with what they believe to be equal value, a telling sign that indicates how other teams in the league view Fultz and the rocky start to his career.”
Among the teams that have reportedly expressed interest in Fultz is the Detroit Pistons.
Fultz, the 2017 #1 overall pick by the Sixers, missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury and his struggles shooting the ball have been well documented over the course of his young NBA career. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that there’s optimism Fultz will return in three to six weeks, depending on the success of his rehab and pain tolerance.
In 19 games this season, Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The Sixers, 19-10, will host the Indiana Pacers tonight.