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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Articles tagged: Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz still has no timetable for return

Markelle Fultz

The waiting game continues for Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz.

Speaking this week with Roy Perry of the Orlando Sentinel, Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said that the 21-year-old is making good progress but still has no timetable for a return.

“I’m not going to put a timetable on it, as we haven’t before,” said Weltman. “But he continues to work hard and make progress, and he’s in a good place working with the coaches and rehab guys.

“We’re not going to put timelines or expectations on how that all unfolds. It will come as it comes,” he added. “As I’ve been saying, he continues to be in a good place and get better and improve. I can’t predict exactly how that’s going to look when it unfolds, but we’re very excited about the progress he’s made.”

Fultz, who was acquired by Orlando at the February trade deadline, has made just 36 total appearances in the two years since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick. The former Washington Huskies star has been plagued by wrist and shoulder issues (possibly in addition to the shooting yips as well) and has yet to play in a single game for the Magic.

On the bright side, video surfaced this month of Fultz with a much-improved shooting form. But it may still be a long time before we even see him take the floor for Orlando.

Watch: Markelle Fultz looks like he has improved his jump shot

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz is hoping a fresh start with the Orlando Magic next season will help him silence a lot of his critics, but he will need to somehow find his jump shot again if he wants to make that happen. He appears to be well on his way.

Some footage of Fultz putting up shots in the gym surfaced on Wednesday, and his form looks dramatically improved. Check it out:

Hitting shots in practice is a lot different from doing it in a game, but that is certainly a start for a guy who has basically had the shooting yips through his first two NBA seasons. It will be interesting to see if he has altered his ridiculous free throw form as well.

Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Magic back in February. He has tried to attribute his shooting woes to injuries, but we know that isn’t the whole story. Perhaps he decided to take Charles Barkley’s advice this offseason.

Magic president hypes up Markelle Fultz after trade

Markelle Fultz

The Orlando Magic seem pretty hyped about their addition of Markelle Fultz.

Orlando acquired Fultz for Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Team president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman spoke about the addition after the trade was finalized and stated how much the team believes in Fultz.

Yes, Fultz may have been the No. 1 pick in 2017, but I don’t know if everyone had him listed that highly the way Weltman thinks. Danny Ainge certainly did not. Plus, the player Orlando is getting now is much different from the guy who went No. 1 two years ago.

If Fultz, in his present form, were currently available in the draft, how highly do you think he would go? That’s what the Magic are getting. At least they can be patient, but we still have our doubts.

10 biggest takeaways from the NBA trade deadline

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The 2019 NBA trade deadline was an exceptionally active one with multiple big names changing teams, even if the biggest name on the market ended up staying put. That doesn’t change the fact that the action, especially in the Eastern Conference, was fast and furious, and that isn’t even factoring in the Kristaps Porzingis deal.

Here are ten big takeaways from all the moves that took place prior to Thursday’s deadline.

1. The Anthony Davis saga will drag on into the summer, and the Lakers look worse for it

It didn’t seem like the New Orleans Pelicans ever had any real intention of negotiating with the Los Angeles Lakers in good faith on an Anthony Davis trade. The Pelicans have every incentive to wait until summer to deal Davis, when they should have a wider range of interested teams. The Lakers will be disappointed, as they don’t look great publicly, seem to have muddled the minds of their young players, and may now find themselves in a situation where they can be outbid. LeBron James probably won’t be happy, either.


Markelle Fultz traded to Orlando Magic, may not play this season

Markelle Fultz

The Philadelphia 76ers have finally punted on Markelle Fultz.

The Sixers traded Fultz to the Orlando Magic on Thursday, just beating the trade deadline.

Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 and only played in 33 games over a season and a half for the Sixers due to multiple mysterious issues. He dealt with either the yips or a shoulder injury, depending on what you choose to believe. He has been out supposedly recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, and the Magic have decided to take a chance on him.

They traded Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks for him. The top pick is a top-20 protected first-round pick from the Thunder and a second-round pick via Cleveland. Simmons is mostly a bench player, so recouping the draft picks will be big for Philly.

NBA reporter Keith Smith says the Sixers will take caution with Fultz and that he may not play for them this season.

The Magic now have another young player to add to their core, joining Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, Mo Bamba, and Evan Fournier.

Report: Markelle Fultz returning to Philadelphia for rehab

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz’s rehab is making some progress, according to a new report.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Fultz has returned to Philadelphia to continue his rehab from thoracic outlet syndrome, and will be working out at the team’s facility with the continued aim of returning before the end of the season.

There doesn’t really appear to be any major change in status at this point. Fultz wants to return this season, but there’s no timetable for it. He’s simply rehabbing at the team facility now, which is progress in a certain sense.

Agent says Markelle Fultz will return to 76ers this season

Markelle Fultz

There was talk that Markelle Fultz wanted out of Philly, but the guard’s agent says his client will return to the 76ers this season.

Fultz’s agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Fultz will return to the Sixers when he’s fully recovered from his shoulder issue. Fultz was diagnosed with Thoracic outlet syndrome earlier this month and has been rehabbing since. The agent believes the issue has affected the guard’s ability to shoot.

Fultz, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, was with Philadelphia for their Christmas day game against the Boston Celtics. He is expected to return to Los Angeles soon to continue his rehab.

Fultz only played in 14 games last season and has played in 19 this season, starting 15 of them. For his career, he’s averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 41.9 percent shooting in 20.6 minutes per game.