Philadelphia 76ers: The 'Magical' Markelle Fultz-saga is finally over

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The Orlando Magic are acquiring Philadelphia 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz, the Sixers confirmed via Jessica Camerato on Thursday. The change of scenery could also help him overcome the stigma that comes with failing to live up to the lofty expectations of others. Through two seasons, the Washington product has made just 33 regular-season appearances, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.

The trade marks a fresh start for the former No. 1 overall pick who has struggled with his shot since joining the league and sat most of this season with thoracic outlet syndrome, a mysterious nerve disorder that his agent Raymond Brothers has cited as the source of his shooting woes.

Philadelphia will receive Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick and a second-round pick in exchange for the 20-year-old guard.

There is no timetable for when Fultz will be able to play again. "There's a real possibility he's played his last game with the 76ers". Orlando can point out to its fans that it traded for a onetime No. 1 draft pick.




"We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him and understanding everything that he's dealing with", Weltman said.

In the Mirotic deal, New Orleans acquired Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson and four second-round picks.

Although the chances of Fultz becoming a productive player for the Sixers had to be considered extremely slim, it is worth noting that Fultz developing into a role player would have been a nice consolation prize at this point.

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