76ers trade Markelle Fultz to Orlando Magic

Elena Summers
February 8, 2019

Any remorse at this point was worth throwing out, and both Fultz and the Sixers should benefit from moving in different directions.

Nikola Mirotic was traded to the Bucks from the Pelicans, 76ers traded former first overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Magic.

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. The first-round pick is from Oklahoma City and the second-rounder is from Cleveland, per Kevin O'Connor. He had from the same injury and was forced to sit for much of his rookie season past year, appearing in just 14 games.


"Teams like Atlanta, Orlando, they've talked to Philadelphia on Markelle Fultz", said Adrian Wojnarowski. In 41 games this season, Simmons is averaging 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a little over 20 minutes of action per game. Outside of one game where he recorded a triple-double, Fultz offered nearly nothing to the team during his time with the Sixers. You could reasonably envision a scenario in which Fultz's physical therapy did the trick, he rediscovered his shot, and the Sixers regretted letting him go in a win-now move.

Orlando thinks the 20-year-old can still reach his potential despite his early struggles, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told reporters Thursday shortly after the team traded for the guard. It seems that every other day, there's a new report about Fultz and whether or not the Sixers will deal him.

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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