Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the 2017 first overall pick has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). It affects nerves between the shoulder and neck.
Fultz will immediately begin physical therapy and it was recommended he not play until his rehab is complete, per Wojnarowski. It is expected Fultz will miss three-to-six weeks depending on his progress.
Fultz’s attorney and agent, Raymond Brothers, has strong confidence that this diagnosis and rehab will address Fultz’s shooting issues. Sixers officials are certainly hoping his optimism is warranted. https://t.co/uoBkjCndAE
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2018
Is this the answer to his shooting problems or just another example of false hope? We will have to wait and see.
It’s no secret this has been a disaster for everyone involved. Fultz has yet to make any progress in his NBA development and the 76ers look bad for how this situation has handled.
Why did Fultz and his agent, Raymond Brothers, feel the need for Fultz to travel the country looking for a diagnosis for his shoulder?
Perhaps the 76ers medical staff didn’t take him seriously or just couldn’t find a physical problem with him. Maybe Fultz wasn’t forthcoming about his health or was mad about losing minutes to TJ McConnell.
Any way you want to look at it, there appears to be a trust problem between the 76ers and Fultz. Who knows if its fixable, but the 76ers and Fultz need to work together to get this situation resolved.
The 76ers should not be looking to trade Fultz right now. His trade value is at its lowest point and Fultz needs to prove he can be a productive player.
Teams would not be willing to give the 76ers anything that could help them this year for a player with baggage.
Their best bet is to support Fultz with this rehab and hope he returns to the team in better physical and mental condition.
If Fultz can come back and be a positive contributor for the team then they should see if there’s a better market for him or possibly keep him around.
This situation feels like it’s has been going on for years but he’s still a young talented player. They can’t just dump him for nothing just for the sake of getting rid of him.
This team is good enough to be good without him but still could use another ball-handler. I would bet that Fultz will play again for the 76ers.
They can’t handle this like they did with Jahlil Okafor. (They basically gave up a second-round pick to get rid of him.)
If Fultz is still not a contributor to this team by the end of the year, they must trade him in the offseason.
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