Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Fultz to Magic

Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Fultz to Magic

The Philadelphia 76ers are trading Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic, ESPN reports.

Fultz's representatives informed the Sixers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists. 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 final headlining move of Thursday's trade deadline came as the 76ers finally chose to part with Markelle Fultz, their No. 1 overall selection in 2017 whose career has been in flux ever since due to injuries and on-court struggles.

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.

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

It became increasingly clear that Fultz was not a part of those plans.

The Magic have high hopes for Markelle Fultz.

Once you get past the pervasive weirdness of Fultz's tenure in Philadelphia, the diagnoses of what was wrong with him, and the shaky cell phone videos of his shaky jumper, it's apparent that general manager Elton Brand made a smart deal in trading Fultz to Orlando. 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.

On the morning of June 17, 2017, the Sixers put Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox through a pre-draft workout at their Camden, N.J., practice facility.

With all the uncertainty surrounding Fultz's future, this trade is ideally the best the Sixers could get for the former top pick. Redick, Tobias Harris, or Jimmy Butler, as they will all be in line for new deals. Fultz was certainly not helping in that department.

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