76ers expect Markelle Fultz to return, play role off bench

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Last season, Fultz was diagnosed with a scapular muscle imbalance in his shooting shoulder and missed 68 games due to the injury.

Fultz's agent, Raymond Brothers, denied to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Fultz wants to be traded. "My focus is to get Markelle healthy".

Fultz recently made headlines after stating that he wanted to see a doctor about his continuing shoulder issue, and announcing that he wouldn't be participating in any practices or games until he underwent an evaluation, as first reported by David Aldridge of The Athletic.

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Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, has lost the ability to carry out and follow through on long jump shots, and there's been internal and external debate about how much of this perplexing circumstance is physical vs. mental. However, the sources claim that Fultz is open to a change if the Sixers were to make it happen.

Fultz has averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 22.5 minutes across 19 games this year. He also didn't feature in the second half of last week's win over the Phoenix Suns, with T.J. McConnell getting backup point guard responsibilities instead. He was on the bench for the Sixers' last two home games, a 121-120 home win against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 21 and a 121-112 home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 23.

Trading Fultz for Korver would make sense then, especially as they have similar salaries for this season and next season when Korver's deal expires. If the Sixers don't sign him to an extension, he will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

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