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Should The Blazers Call The 76ers About Markelle Fultz?

Philadelphia guard Markelle Fultz’s potential availability could interest Portland.

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The 76ers appear to nearing the end of their brief partnership with former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz. According to Philly Inquirer’s Keith Pompey, Philadelphia is entertaining the idea of moving its struggling guard.

Pompey also explains that the asking price for Fultz might be low, which could make him an interesting buy-low candidate for the right team. President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey has a history of pursuing reclamation projects, so if the price is right, the Trail Blazers could be an intriguing trade partner.

Fultz’s rapid decline from clear-cut top prospect to being borderline unplayable is one of the most puzzling stories in recent memory. Whether he is truly dealing with complications from a shoulder injury, or if it is a case of the “yips”, the former Huskies standout is in clear need of a change of scenery.

The Blazers’ proven player development under coach Terry Stotts could make them an attractive destination for Fultz. Along with Stotts, Damian Lillard has established himself as one of the best leaders in the NBA.

Fultz is 20 years old, and he is in the second year of his first NBA contract. In 19 appearances in 2018-19, Fultz is averaging 8.2 points per game.

Depending on the asking price, do you think Portland should pursue a trade for Fultz?

You can read more about Fultz’s rocky tenure with the Sixers in Pompey’s full article at Philly Inquirer.