Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to Magic


The Markelle Fultz era is finally over in Philadelphia. Any remorse at this point was worth throwing out, and both Fultz and the Sixers should benefit from moving in different directions.

In the end, the Philadelphia 76ers get decent compensation for a struggling former first overall pick and Fultz gets a fresh start with low expectations along with an opportunity to become a franchise point guard. Fultz is now sidelined while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, and though he's expected to play again this season, his problems extend well beyond his health.

Meanwhile, the Sixers will receive a first round pick, a second rounder, and 6'6 wing Jonathon Simmons.

He's averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists per game this year.

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If not, Fultz will remain a part of the team for the foreseeable future...

If Simmons meshes well with the other Simmons and company, then the Sixers can retain the 6-foot-6 defensive winger for half the price of Fultz's contract, but if he's underwhelming, the team can simply cash out for a minor nominal fee and reinvest that money into a more useful piece, like J.J.

Markelle Fultz is still searching for his shot. Whether it is because of injury or something else, it is certainly one of the strangest things to happen in the history of the National Basketball Association. Brothers said the condition is the reason for Fultz's shooting woes and that his client would remain sidelined at least three to six weeks.

Philadelphia has made significant moves this season, acquiring Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to add to its established core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as it seeks to get ahead in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference. His freakish off-court saga, the mysterious disappearance of his jump shot, subsequent injury woes and the fact he'd become a poor fit next to ball-dominant Ben Simmons had made this a tenuous situation.