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Sources: Markelle Fultz Dealing with Wrist Injury, Would Prefer Trade to New Team

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Double-pumps before taking a shot. Strange spasms when tying his shoes. Odd rituals before setting up for a free throw. Over the past few weeks, the saga of Philadelphia’s troubled Markelle Fultz has gone from strange to bizarre, stoking questions about what lies at the root of the 2017 No. 1 overall-pick’s continued struggles.

In addition to a previously diagnosed right shoulder injury that continues to impact him, Fultz has been playing with an apparent injury in his right wrist area that has adversely affected his ability to shoot, league sources told The Athletic. The issue has led to periodic difficulties holding on to the ball during his shot. Specialists have been working with Fultz to figure out how they can strengthen the wrist area to remedy the injury.

Sources with knowledge of Fultz’s thinking have also told The Athletic that the player would prefer a fresh start with a new team.

Source: Jared Weiss, Derek Bodner and Sam Amick of The Athletic

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Sources: Dennis Smith Jr. to Rejoin Mavericks on Tuesday

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Sources: After Dallas head coach Rick Calisle and guard Dennis Smith Jr. spoke on a call, Smith will report to the Mavericks on Tuesday and play against the Clippers. Carlisle and Smith had productive conversations.

Sources tell @TheAthletic @WatchStadium: Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle apologized to Dennis Smith Jr. in phone conversation, expressing remorse over situation. The Mavericks have made clear Smith has been positive presence for them.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Lonzo Ball Out Four-to-Six Weeks with Left Ankle Sprain

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Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, who was injured in last night’s game at Houston, underwent an MRI which revealed a Grade 3 left ankle sprain. Ball is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and updates will be provided as appropriate.

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Sources: Markelle Fultz Back in Philadelphia to Continue Shoulder Rehab

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Guard Markelle Fultz has returned to Philadelphia to continue his shoulder rehabilitation with the Sixers, league sources tell ESPN. No timetable yet on a return to the lineup. He’s attending Sixers-Thunder game today.

Fultz has been undergoing therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome in Los Angeles since leaving the Sixers in early December. Sixers have had staff in California observing progress, and now Fultz will work at team’s facility to try to ramp up for an eventual return to the season.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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