Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is expected to return to the team this season and play basketball after he finishes rehabilitation. This was confirmed to ESPN by Fultz’ agent Raymond Brothers, who said that there is no timetable on his client’s return.
“We want to make sure he’s 100 percent and healthy when he does come back,” – Brothers said.
Markelle Fultz, who was selected No.1 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, had troubles since coming to the NBA, struggling with his shot. After visiting several specialists over the course of the year, the 20-year-old was diagnosed with a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. According to people from Fultz’s camp, this condition, which “affects nerves between the neck and shoulder,” severely limited “his ability to shoot a basketball.”
While Brothers says that Fultz will return to the 49ers, Philadelphia’s general manager Elton Brand recently told reporters that he is unsure about the players’ return in 2018-19 and that he will have an update in the following weeks.
Despite all the troubles surrounding Markelle Fultz since he came to the league, there are several teams that were inquiring about his availability in the past weeks. One of those teams is Detroit Pistons, who were reportedly willing to give up a first-round pick and gamble that Fultz will live up to his potential.
Fultz played a total of 33 games in the NBA, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.