In some more strange news out of the NBA, embattled 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz now reportedly prefers a trade
Fultz has zero leverage to force his way out of Philadelphia. He's under a rookie scale contract for at least the next two seasons, and the Sixers would be foolish to move him now, when his trade value is at rock bottom.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) November 21, 2018
Don't confused the issue, though-- If the Sixers can get any kind of real value for Fultz, they should at least listen. However, the fact that the 20-year-old still isn't healthy after injuring his shoulder during preseason last year makes it especially hard to sell him as a guy with any kind of upside. He's famous at the moment for being a miserable jump-shooter and having bizarre free throw form. That's a far cry from he guy who was considered a can't-miss prospect at the University of Washington.
Even if Markelle
Raymond Brothers, the agent for Sixers guard Markelle Fultz, tells ESPN: “I have given no indication to Elton Brand or anyone else that Markelle would prefer to be traded. My focus is to get Markelle healthy. End of story.”— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2018
Maybe this was all just a little feeler sent out by Fultz's camp to see if there was anybody interested in taking the bait. As of now, there will likely be very few serious suitors, and the Sixers should feel no compulsion to pick up the phone and start negotiations themselves.
Not yet, anyway.