Sixers rule out Fultz with shoulder soreness

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The Markelle Fultz situation in Philadephia keeps getting stranger by the day.

Tuesday afternoon, Fultz's agent Raymond Brothers told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski 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.”

Today, the Sixers announced that Fultz will miss the team's next three games with shoulder soreness and be re-evaluated next Tuesday.

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.

While speaking to reporters, Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo speculated that Fultz may have contributed to his shoulder soreness by changing his shooting motion.

Fultz probably shouldn't have been playing in the first place, but you know it's the Sixers; when have they ever handled an injury correctly.