The Markelle Fultz era is finally over in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade former #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first round pick in 2020 (via OKC) and a second-round pick (via Cleveland). The Sixers just gave away Fultz for next to nothing. The 29-year-old has averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists through four seasons split between the Magic and San Antonio Spurs.
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 was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, aka TOS, back in December and has not appeared in a game since November 19, after which he was evaluated by multiple specialists.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Markelle (Fultz) to the Magic family", said Weltman.
It became increasingly clear that Fultz was not a part of those plans. Sometimes, the best thing is to admit you flubbed the pick (which, in Philly's defense, was more or less a consensus choice at the time) and move on. Furthermore, Elton Brand has made it clear that the Sixers are in win-now mode, trying to make a run this season. Fultz, an excellent shooter coming out of Washington (47.6 FG% / 41.3 3P% / 64.9 FT%) and one of the main reasons the Sixers moved up to get him, quickly became unable to shoot after his first summer as an National Basketball Association player.
The former Washington point guard has shot 41.4 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from 3-point distance and 53.4 percent from the line, confounding a Sixers team that anticipated Fultz being a capable scorer.
Eleven-year veteran D.J. Augustin is the current starting point guard in Orlando.