The Markelle Fultz era is finally over in Philadelphia. The deal ends Fultz's time with the Sixers after just one-and-a-half seasons with the team.
Nikola Mirotic was traded to the Bucks from the Pelicans, 76ers traded former first overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Magic. Philly was never going to recuperate the value of using a top pick on Fultz due to the point guard problems stemming from thoracic outlet syndrome. The additional second-round pick in the deal belonged to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Simmons is averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 41 games this season.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Markelle (Fultz) to the Magic family", said Weltman.
There is no timetable for when Fultz will be able to play again.
During his freshman season at the University of Washington (2016-17), Fultz played in 25 games with the Huskies, averaging 23.2 ppg., 5.9 apg., 5.7 rpg. and 1.60 stlpg.in 35.7 minpg., while shooting.413 (52-126) from three-point range.
Fittingly, no future is more murky than Fultz's.
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. You could reasonably envision a scenario in which Fultz's physical therapy did the trick, he rediscovered his shot, and the Sixers regretted letting him go in a win-now move. He is still just 20 years old and under team control on his rookie contract through 2021, when he could become a restricted free agent.