Fultz offered 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-3 FT), five assists, one rebound and two steals across 21 minutes during the Magic's 126-94 preseason loss to the 76ers on Sunday.
Fultz turned in a solid all-around effort against his old squad, tying for the team high in scoring with Mo Bamba and Al-Farouq Aminu. The 2017 first overall pick is one of the more intriguing reclamation projects in recent memory, as he'll look to prove he's past the shoulder issues that helped derail his first two pro seasons with the 76ers. Fultz is competing with another once-heralded first-round selection, Michael Carter-Williams, to serve as the primary backup to D.J. Augustin at point guard to open the campaign.
Fultz went through his first official practice with the Magic on Tuesday and drew positive reviews from teammate Jonathan Isaac, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Fultz did not suit up for a game as a member of the Magic last season after coming over from Philadelphia via trade, but news around the former No. 1 overall pick has been mostly positive in recent weeks. Prior to camp, Fultz showed off what appears to be an improved jumpshot, and while he still has an immense amount to prove at the NBA level, he appears to be moving in the right direction. "I thought he looked fantastic," Isaac said of Fultz. "He got a couple of pull-up jumpers to go, but outside of that, it was just his ability to get into the lane and be crafty. Already, he's able to manipulate the offense the way that he wants - and he's just learning it. He's crafty and for somebody so big, he plays really loose and he flows and his ball-handling is really decent."
Fultz is expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Spurs, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Fultz has been working out without any limitations in recent weeks, and he said Monday that the goal is for him to get some live run during Saturday's exhibition contest. While the No. 1 overall pick in 2017 still holds plenty of potential, he's firmly a wait-and-see prospect when it comes to fantasy, as he's yet to prove he's ready to contribute for an NBA team on a consistent basis.
Fultz will not have any restrictions when training camp begins next week, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
After months passed with little to no updates on Fultz's status, the Magic posted a number of videos Wednesday showing Fultz working out at the team's facility. The former No. 1 pick certainly appears to be healthy, but it's unclear if he's regained comfortability shooting the ball following a bizarre first two years in the league. For what it's worth, Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman implied Wednesday that Fultz won't be handled with kid gloves once camp opens. "We don't have any restrictions in place right now (for Markelle Fultz) for training camp," Weltman said. "Obviously, he hasn't been through this in a long time and it's new terrain, but for now there are no restrictions."
Fultz (shoulder) is a participant in the Magic's voluntary workouts, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Multiple videos have emerged of Fultz taking jumpshots at the workout, and while it's not reminiscent of his days at Washington, there seems to be some improvement. It's still somewhat of a low-release push, which could make it difficult for him to make contested jumpers. It remains unclear if Fultz will start or come off the bench for the Magic, but he should be given opportunities to prove himself considering how thin Orlando is at point guard.
The Magic exercised Fultz's (shoulder) 2020-21 team option Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
While the move doesn't mean much for the immediate future, it's a show of support for Fultz's long-term future with the franchise. Considering the situation, and the fact that Fultz has yet to play a single game in a Magic uniform, it's a bit of a risky move, especially considering Fultz's cap figure for 2020-21 is north of $12 million. With that said, the Magic don't have another appealing option at point guard, and the hope is that the 21-year-old is able to move past the mysterious issues that have thus far marred his NBA career after the Sixers took him first overall in 2017.
Fultz remains without any sort of timetable to return to NBA game action, Sirius XM NBA Radio reports.
Magic coach Steve Clifford joined NBA radio on Monday, and when asked about Fultz's status, he said, "We don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a good job." What, exactly, Fultz has been doing is very much unclear, but he never suited up for a game with the Magic following last season's trade from Philadelphia, and he also did not participate in summer league. At this point, simply getting Fultz back on the floor in an NBA game setting would feel like a victory for Orlando, which will likely try to have the former No. 1 pick available for the preseason in September.
General manager John Hammond has "no idea" when Fultz will be able to play, Dan Feldman of NBC Sports reports. "We want to have patience with [Fultz] and get him ready and put him on the court when he can be most productive."
Hammond also noted that Fultz will not play in summer league, but that the point guard is in good shape. It's possible fantasy owners will go into drafts next season still without knowing if Fultz will play at all. But there's still plenty of time until preseason begins, and we may be able to get a glimpse of him then.
Fultz will continue his rehab from thoracic outlet syndrome in Orlando after spending the last few months in the Los Angeles area, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
While this is a positive step for the 2017 No. 1 overall pick, there's still no indication that he's close to returning to practice, let alone game action, any time soon. Fultz is expected to be around the team and attend games and practices, however. Earlier this month, Magic president of basketball operations, Jeff Weltman, expressed optimism regarding Fultz's rehab, but he declined to offer any sort of timetable. "Markelle is doing very well," Weltman said. "He's in Los Angeles continuing his rehab. We have sent one of our performance staff to be out with him to try to understand what he's going through from the more scientific perspective, and I have been out there to spend some time with him and watched him work out. It's just a matter of understanding where he is and supporting him. But I can tell you confidently that he's making significant progress and he's feeling like he's in a very good place."
Fultz (shoulder) may not return before the end of the season, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
Fultz was traded to Orlando on Thursday in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and a pair of picks, and it sounds like the Magic -- who are slowly drifting further from playoff contention -- will exercise patience with the youngster as he works his way back from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Once healthy, the second-year guard out of Washington is a strong candidate to step in as the team's starting point guard.
Fultz has been traded to the Magic in exchange for Jonathan Simmons, the Thunder's top-20 protected first-round pick and a second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Philadelphia management decided it was not in a position to wait on Fultz's recovery, and the Sixers will ultimately acquire a win-now piece in Jonathan Simmons and some late draft picks. Orlando, on the other hand, has been in need of a point guard with upside, and the organization is prepared to take the risk with Fultz. It still remains unclear when he'll be able to return to the floor. When he does, it's possible he usurps D.J. Augustin as a starter.
Fultz (shoulder) has returned to Philadelphia to continue his rehab, but he remains without a timetable, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The mystery surrounding Fultz has mostly disappeared from the public spotlight, but the 2017 No. 1 overall pick will be in attendance at Saturday's game against the Thunder. The fact that he's rejoined the team seems like a step in the right direction, but it's unclear when, or if, he'll be back on the court for the Sixers -- or another team -- this season.
Fultz (shoulder) will be re-evaluated next week, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Sixers will be checking on Fultz's progress with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in the near future. He's been away from the team thus far while recovering, but the expectation is that the sophomore will return at some point this season.
Fultz (shoulder) is expected to return at some point this season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Fultz's agent, Raymond Brothers, told Wojnarowski that Fultz has improved his range of motion while rehabbing over the last few weeks, and he's expected to return to game action later in the season. Fultz is still without any sort of firm timetable, and Brothers noted that the 2017 first overall pick wants to be at 100 percent before he rejoins the Sixers. GM Elton Brand confirmed that the team has fielded calls about potential trades involving Fultz, but for the time being it doesn't appear anything is imminent. "They want to see how this rehab process goes, and what he is when he returns to this team," Wojnarowski said.
Coach Brett Brown expects to know more about Fultz's (shoulder) recovery in a couple of weeks, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Fultz has been away from the team since early December, as he was diagnosed with a Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome -- a nerve-altering issue. The second-year guard will be around the team for the 76ers' Christmas Day game against the Celtics, but won't play. Fultz has yet to go through basketball activities, focusing on physical therapy. When asked about Fultz's situation, general manager Elton Brand noted that he couldn't say for a sure whether the 20-year-old will play again this season.
Fultz was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome on Tuesday, an injury that impacts nerves between the neck and his right shoulder, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Fultz has been meeting with specialists for the past few weeks, and they've finally managed to make a diagnosis. This type of injury causes unusual movements and alters range of motion, which ultimately has been limiting Fultz's ability to shoot. However, TOS can be treated through physical therapy, which figures to be the next step. The 76ers are hopeful that Fultz will make a return in 3-to-6 weeks, but he's been ruled out indefinitely for now, per Wojnarowski.
Fultz (shoulder) will continue seeing specialists through early next week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Fultz has met with specialists twice this week, and the process will continue into next week. There hasn't been word of any results at this point, so it remains unclear what the exact issue is and when we might be able to expect Fultz back on the court. He won't play Friday against the Wizards and it seems unlikely he'll play Sunday against the Grizzlies. Fultz should be tentatively questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out. That said, even if he's deemed healthy, the relationship between the Sixers and Fultz seems damaged. It's no guarantee that he'll remain a member of the team for the whole year and it's possible he's held out until a trade is made.
Fultz (shoulder) will meet with specialists twice during the upcoming week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Fultz saga has been well-documented, and this latest twist brings the second-year guard to New York, where he'll meet with specialists on Monday, and then again later in the week. Per Wojnarowski, any sort of resolution isn't expected until closer to the end of the week, and if doctors determine that something is structurally wrong with Fultz's shoulder, he could end up missing significantly more time. As of now, it's safe to rule Fultz out of Wednesday's home game against the Knicks, and it would be a surprise if he's available Friday against the Wizards. On top of the possible shoulder issue, reports last week suggested that Fultz's camp would prefer a fresh start elsewhere, so it remains to be seen whether he and the Sixers can mend their relationship.
Fultz (shoulder) is also dealing with a right wrist injury and would like to be traded, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports.
It was already reported that Fultz was going to be away from the 76ers to have his shoulder further examined, but it now appears that a right wrist injury is also hampering his shooting stroke both from deep and the free throw line. On top of all of that, the situation between he and Philadelphia appears to have soured, but given Fultz's current trade value, the 76ers may not be too inclined to deal the former No. 1 overall pick right away. Fultz's time away from the team, however, looks like he could go beyond just one week.
Fultz will see a shoulder specialist early next week and will be away from the team until he is evaluated, David Aldridge of The Athetlic reports.
Fultz's struggles have continued this season, and prior to Tuesday's news, it appeared he was on the verge of losing his spot in the rotation to T.J. McConnell. However, Fultz will now be completely out of the lineup until further testing is done on his shoulder that plagued him for nearly all of his rookie season. In his absence, T.J. McConnell should now be in line for plenty of minutes as the backup point guard to Ben Simmons.
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