There are few things that are certain in the NBA, but Markelle Fultz and the 76ers being better off without each other is one of them.
The 2017 first-overall pick needs a fresh start on a team that will make him the starting point guard. The change of scenery could also help him overcome the negative stigma that comes with failing to live up to the lofty expectations of others.
The Sixers need to cut their losses and move past what has become a major distraction during a successful season.
But the team is in no rush to trade Fultz.
A lot of that has to do with his dwindling trade value combined with the ownership group’s philosophy of not giving up assets for zilch. The ownership group also isn’t in total agreement with what do with Fultz, according to league sources.
Should they just cut their losses and take in an expiring contract at the appropriate time? Would it better to wait and see if the well-liked Fultz can overcome his shooting woes and get past the things that’s made his tenure a huge distraction?
After all, the Sixers did trade up two spots and give up a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to select him first overall. That’s why some in the ownership group, which doesn’t like to look bad, are now pondering if it’s too early to give up on a guy that had so much promise at the University of Washington.