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Report: The Sixers Have Tried To Trade Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz takes a breath.

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 29: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies during the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on January 29, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers were rumored to be shopping former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz on draft night. New reports have confirmed that this is true.

Keith Pompey of is reporting that the Sixers have indeed been shopping the former top pick. The franchise reportedly attempted to move him on draft night, too.

Fultz was reportedly "available to be traded" during this past Thursday's NBA Draft.


The Sixers say they aren’t shopping him. However, there was a report that they had internal discussions about packing him with Nos. 10 and 26 picks to move up into the Top 5 in Thursday’s draft. And multiple league sources have said that Fultz was available to be traded.

But it’s hard to get equal value in return for trading someone relearning how to shoot. The Sixers know that. They also know that if things do come together, Fultz will be a special player. He has the potential to become the type of player they would regret trading away.

Fultz, 20, missed nearly all of the 2017-18 NBA season with a shoulder injury. He ended up coming back late in the year but didn't really play in the playoffs.

Philadelphia took multiple guards in Thursday's NBA Draft, including a point guard.

For now, though, it seems like Fultz will remain a part of the Sixers. We'll see if that remains the case moving forward.