NBA notes: Markelle Fultz out indefinitely because of irritation in shoulder

Philadelphia guard Markelle Fultz has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely because of thoracic outlet syndrome.

Fultz visited with several specialists to figure out what’s ailing him. The 76ers said the specialists have identified a compression or irritation in the area between the lower neck and upper chest. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play.

Fultz’s representatives informed the 76ers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists.

Fultz was the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft. He played in only 14 games last season because of a shoulder injury that appeared to affect his shooting mechanics and made him one of the more scrutinized players in the NBA. Fultz lost his starting spot in the rotation when the 76ers traded for Jimmy Butler.


The 20-year-old Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds and is shooting 42% from the field.


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