76ers trade former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz to Magic

76ers trade former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz to Magic

76ers trade former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz to Magic

The Orlando Magic are acquiring Philadelphia 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz, the Sixers confirmed via Jessica Camerato on Thursday. Simmons, who was averaging 6.9 points and 2.3 assists in 20 minutes this season, figures to be a useful player off the bench for Philadelphia.

Fultz' second year in Philadelphia was tumultuous.

Orlando acquired Fultz from the 76ers in exchange for forward Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks. 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.

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Now, in moving Fultz, the Sixers have officially closed the book on The Process. But for now, the Sixers have a great team, and that will be their focus. Why it never worked with the Sixers can be debated, but regardless of the reason, the Sixers wasted multiple valuable assets to get Fultz.

When I wrote about my idea Fultz trade scenario, a swap for Antonio Blakeney initially suggested by Bill Simmons; I hypothesized that the team should not only attempt to add a player who fits their win-now mode but also has a team friendly contract moving forward, and Markelle's nearly $10 million a year deal would have hampered their potential moves in July. 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.

It might be somewhat obvious at this point, but the best way to characterize Fultz's future with the team might be "wait and see". Redick, Tobias Harris, or Jimmy Butler, as they will all be in line for new deals. Paying Fultz almost $10 million as a potentially non-contributor yet seems irresponsible. Fultz was certainly not helping in that department.

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