The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade former #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first round pick in 2020 (via OKC) and a second-round pick (via Cleveland).
Wow, I'm not going to lie, that's a pretty solid haul.
The future of Markelle Fultz with the Philadelphia 76ers remains uncertain.
As we highlighted here, J. Simmons is one of the more inspirational stories in the National Basketball Association, an undrafted free agent out of Houston who had to pay $150 to even get a try out for the Spurs' G-League affiliate in Austin.
Eleven-year veteran D.J. Augustin is the current starting point guard in Orlando.
And more importantly for the Philadelphia 76ers, he's a guard sized guard who can cover opposing guards. But, he also dealt with injuries as well as a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games.More news: Saudi crown prince had threatened to use 'bullet' on Khashoggi - NY Times
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And best of all, he's on a great contract. "So, we believe that, at 20 years old, the sky's the limit for him".
They traded Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks for him.
Fultz's representatives informed the Sixers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists.
With a rebuilding Magic squad that's in need of backcourt help, Fultz may be able to get healthy and hopefully fulfil his potential after being selected number one overall in the 2017 draft.
Markelle Fultz is still searching for his shot.