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Agent: 76ers guard Markelle Fultz didn't request trade

Agent: 76ers guard Fultz didn't request trade
By Reuters

22/11/2018 at 16:52Updated 22/11/2018 at 17:52

The agent for Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz said he has not requested a trade.

"I have given no indication to [general manager] Elton Brand or anyone else that Markelle would prefer to be traded," agent Raymond Brothers told ESPN on Wednesday.

" My focus is to get Markelle healthy. End of story."

Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is expected to have his right shoulder examined by specialists in New York next week.

Fultz played in all of Philadelphia's first 19 games this season, including 15 starts, before sitting out Wednesday's 121-120 win against the New Orleans Pelicans.

After the game, 76ers coach Brett Brown was asked if Fultz would prefer a fresh start elsewhere.

"It would be irresponsible and reckless for me to even comment on it," Brown said. "I won't until I learn more."

Fultz has seen his playing time reduced since the Sixers acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this month.

He is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists this season and ranks eighth on the team with 22.5 minutes per game.

Injuries limited Fultz to only 14 games as a 2017-18 rookie, while the 76ers' win-now approach in 2018-19 is curtailing the 20-year-old's opportunities for development.