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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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