Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Markelle Fultz will be out indefinitely with shoulder soreness and scapular muscle imbalance, the team announced Sunday.
Fultz will be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks.
Fultz is averaging 6.0 points while shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from the free throw line in his first four NBA games.
The No. 1 overall pick has not looked comfortable or confident in his shooting motion and this news about his shoulder explains why.
Last week, Fultz's agent, Raymond Brothers, released two different statements about his client's shoulder ailment -- causing a lot of confusion and tension for Sixers fans.
First, Brothers said that Fultz had fluid drained from his right shoulder and could barely lift it:
"Markelle had a shoulder injury and fluid drained out of the back of his shoulder. He literally cannot raise up his arms to shoot the basketball. He decided to try and fight through the pain to help the team. He has a great attitude. We are committed to finding a solution to get Markelle back to 100 percent.”
Brothers then revised his statement later in the day and said Fultz had a cortisone shot on Oct. 5:
“He [Fultz] had a cortisone shot on Oct. 5, which means fluid was put into his shoulder — not taken out. My intention earlier was to let people know that he’s been experiencing discomfort. We will continue to work with (Sixers general manager) Bryan Colangelo and the medical staff.”
Fultz probably shouldn’t have been playing in the first place and it's weird to see the Sixers -- who played it safe with both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid -- be so careless with their efforts with Fultz.