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

Virginia Santiago
February 9, 2019

Earlier this year, all the way back in January, rumor had it that the 76ers ownership group wanted to get back 'at least a first-round pick' to consider trading Fultz, and in this move, they got that, and oh so much more.

The Orlando Magic are acquiring Philadelphia 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz, the Sixers confirmed via Jessica Camerato on Thursday.

ESPN's Zach Lowe added that the first-round pick Philadelphia will receive originally was the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2020 pick, top-20 protected. The additional second-round pick in the deal belonged to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Fultz was the consensus No. 1 pick by pundits everywhere ahead of the 2017 draft.

This season with Orlando, Jonathon Simmons is averaging under 7 points a game with 2.5 rebounds.

Fultz has not played since November 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a compression of nerves or blood vessels between the neck and upper chest, in December.

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Though Fultz became the first teenager in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double, doing so on the final game of the 2017-18 regular season, he's also struggled to find his shooting stroke.

The Magic have high hopes for Markelle Fultz.

Fultz played in the 76ers' first 19 games this season, but he and his camp made a decision to sit out and rehab his shoulder that they claimed was never 100 percent.

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Fultz is now under contract for $8.3 million, $9.7 million and $12.3 million over the next three seasons.

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