Philadelphia 76ers trade Markelle Fultz to Orlando Magic


The Markelle Fultz era in Philadelphia has come to an end. He has played in 33 games overall since being drafted, averaging 7.7 points and shooting just 26% from the three-point line.

The 76ers traded up in the 2017 draft with the rival Boston Celtics to grab Fultz with the first pick, a move that has failed in hindsight as Boston got arguably the best player in the draft with the No. 3 pick in Jayson Tatum.

Fultz has been sidelined since November 19 after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that affects the nerves between the neck and shoulder. The second-round pick will be the most favorable of Cleveland, Houston and Orlando's selections in this year's draft, meaning it will likely be a valuable choice in the early 30s. "There's a real possibility he's played his last game with the 76ers".

Fultz is getting moved for Jonathan Simmons, as well as a 2020 first-round pick that Philadelphia used to own but was conveyed in other deals.

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The Sixers were trading Fultz to the Orlando Magic, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

With all the uncertainty surrounding Fultz's future, this trade is ideally the best the Sixers could get for the former top pick.

With a cap hit of $8.3 million this season and $9.7 next season, moving Fultz became necessary if the Sixers plan on trying to sign both Jimmy Butler and newly-acquired Tobias Harris this offseason. Outside of one game where he recorded a triple-double, Fultz offered nearly nothing to the team during his time with the Sixers.

The 20-year old point guard missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury and his struggles shooting the ball have been well documented over the course of his young National Basketball Association career. Despite being a 41.3-percent 3-point shooter in college, Fultz has connected on just 4-of-15 long-range attempts since entering the league.