Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Sixers Give Up On Markelle Fultz, Trade Former No. 1 Pick

MarkelleFultz- cropped Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz
Cassandra Castillo | 08 February, 2019, 10:53

The Markelle Fultz era in Philadelphia has come to an end.

Fultz and his broken jumper were traded to the Orlando Magic for forward Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder and a second-round selection from the Cleveland Cavaliers (according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor).

Fultz's representatives informed the Sixers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists.

The Sixers traded Fultz to the Orlando Magic on Thursday, just beating the trade deadline.

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.

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"Teams like Atlanta, Orlando, they've talked to Philadelphia on Markelle Fultz", said Adrian Wojnarowski. In his rookie year, he appeared in just 14 regular season games but never seemed quite healthy.

In Simmons, the Sixers get a fourth-year veteran who has averaged 8.5 points in 243 games. Outside of one game where he recorded a triple-double, Fultz offered nearly nothing to the team during his time with the Sixers.

If Simmons meshes well with the other Simmons and company, then the Sixers can retain the 6-foot-6 defensive winger for half the price of Fultz's contract, but if he's underwhelming, the team can simply cash out for a minor nominal fee and reinvest that money into a more useful piece, like J.J. After a less than lackluster tenure, the Markelle Fultz tenure is finally over.

Fultz is owed $9.75 million for the 19-20 season, which will be a problematic figure for the 76ers if they re-sign Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Fultz was the only player in the country to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

The 20-year old point guard missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury and his struggles shooting the ball have been well documented over the course of his young National Basketball Association career.

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