Markelle Fultz works out for Sixers amid trade rumors

By: Jesse Larch, Sports Talk Philly Staff

Washington Huskies' guard Markelle Fultz made his long-awaited arrival to the Sixers training complex in Camden, New Jersey Saturday evening to meet with team representatives and work out.

After a three hour ride from Maryland, which he slept through most of, merged wearing a black Sixers hat, the presumptive number one overall pick was greeted by fans and media alike.

Fultz was noticeably inaccurate with his shooting during the work out, one of the strengths of his game:

Fultz was visibly tired, and understandably so after the whirlwind that has been the last two days. Despite his shot not falling on this day, his ablity to glide smoothly across the court was on full display as he ran end to end multiple times. 

Unlike Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox, Fultz worked out on his own and did not seem to have much direction in his workout, as if he was just shooting around in his local gym. Monk and Fox took part in an array of drills including scrimmages against live opponents.

The Sixers did not appear to be interested in putting Fultz through the same type of effort. The purpose of today's visit was for a medical evaluation:

Fultz had a lingering knee injury during his lone season at Washington, but he assured reporters following his work out and a meeting with Brett Brown that his knee is "great." Fultz confirmed that he did meet with the Sixers medical staff, but he did not specify the extent of the interaction.

Fultz said the his work ethic is what sets him apart from the other prospects in the draft, and that his transformation from under the radar prospect in high school to the top draft prospect in just one year is evidence of that. "It was a dream I've had since I was a young kid. It shows how much hard work I put in," said Fultz. 

Fultz revealed that he comes to Philadelphia often, and that he even has a famous cheesesteak spot, Larry's Steaks on north 54th street.

Fultz was expected to meet with the Boston Celtics today, but amid the many trade rumors that have the Sixers acquiring the first overall pick Fultz was rerouted to work out for the Sixers. Fultz called the whole process "crazy," but that he goes "where they tell me to go."

The Sixers rolled out the red carpet for Fultz, putting his name on his own locker (that Joel Embiid and Dario Saric took a picture in front of), and reportedly planned to take him out to dinner. Similarly, the Sixers hosted Ben Simmons for a visit last year and took him out to eat also, and presented him with a jersey that already had his name and number on it prior to draft night. 

Simmons, Embiid, and Robert Covington were on hand to welcome Fultz, and the Sixers teased fans on social media when the four met:

Following the workout, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a league source told him that the much-discussed trade between the Celtics and Sixers could take place as early as Monday. This comes after Pompey reported that a different source told him that the Celtics intended to wait until draft night to pull the trigger on the deal because they are eyeing Josh Jackson at third overall. 

Sports Talk Philly and Sixerdelphia will update the situation as information becomes available. 

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