Sixers considered trading Markelle Fultz on draft night
The number one pick in the NBA draft isn’t normally traded after a single season. However, Markelle Fultz is not a normal player. After being selected by the Sixers with the first pick in last year’s draft, he rarely saw the court.
Fultz suffered some sort of shoulder injury during the 2017 summer. He required daily draining of the shoulder, not to mention his jump shot was completely out of tune. The Sixers moved up from the third overall spot just to draft him.
He is starting to look like a complete bust for the team, especially after losing what little minutes he received toward the end of the season. With Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid emerging as stars in the league, it is sad to see a number one overall pick go to waste.
Last week, Philadelphia held the most picks out of any other team in this year’s draft. After trading away a number of picks, it appears the team is looking to make enough space for a big free agent signing this summer. So where does Fultz fit into this?
Fultz almost traded on draft night, despite being with the team for only a year
Rumors have begun to circulate around the league that the former first overall pick was not safe on draft night. The Sixers tried to package Fultz along with a few other picks to move up in the draft.
Apparently, the goal was to break the top five, which would be the fifth year in a row the team has had a top-five pick. Unfortunately, no other teams were interested in the proposed deal. Various sources indicate the team discussed sending Fultz along with the 10th and 26th overall picks.
Sources have also confirmed that the team was not ‘actively shopping’ Fultz but had ‘internal discussions’ regarding the trade scenario. The Sixers currently have too many guards, unloading a couple might make space for possible free agent signings in July.
Twitter went into a frenzy over the rumors about Fultz:
NBA trade rumors: 76ers' Markelle Fultz was available on draft night https://t.co/eybErTQNNp
— dominick ambrosia (@dominickambro) June 24, 2018
What does the future hold for the former number one overall pick?
Fultz was a star at Washington. He was one of the only players in the history of the NCAA to average 20 points, five assists, and five rebounds. His injury seemed to shake his confidence completely.
Getting back on track will be a difficult challenge for the young guard, especially after this recent trade rumor. His trainer has declared his jump shot will be perfect by the time games start. Unfortunately, fans won’t be able to watch his progress as he won’t be participating in this year’s NBA Summer League.
The team is in desperate need of another guard to handle the scoring load alongside Simmons. Fultz truly looked like that player after college, but since then he has been a shadow of his college self. Hopefully, his trainer is telling the truth about his jumper and the Sixers can finally reap the rewards of drafting him first overall.
A quote from Fultz’s trainer shows just how confident he is in the Washington product:
"It's not perfect yet, but I think by the end of the summer it will be perfect."
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) June 22, 2018
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