Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

76ers give up on Markelle Fultz with trade to Magic

76ers give up on Markelle Fultz with trade to Magic

It's over; it's finally over.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have reached an agreement with the Magic to send Fultz to Orlando for forward Jonathan Simmons, a first-round pick (top-20 protected from Oklahoma City) and a second-round pick.

"We want to make sure he's 100 percent and healthy when he does come back", Brothers said. If it does not convey, the 76ers will receive second-round picks in the 2022 and 2023 draft.

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. Fultz was the only player in the country to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

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"We are extremely excited to welcome Markelle (Fultz) to the Magic family", said Weltman. There's a definite possibility that he's never able to put everything together again, but he still has all sorts of talent. First, they added Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and just a few days ago they picked up Tobias Harris from the Clippers.

As things presently stand, the 29-year-old guard is in the middle of a 3-year, $20 million deal that will pay him $5.7 million in 2019-20, but only $1 million of that is guaranteed (via Spotrac).

The Magic will gamble on the point guard's talent that perhaps has a better chance of resurfacing on a rebuilding team in a smaller media market. The C's acquired him with the third pick in the draft, which they swapped to Philly for the No. 1 pick and a future first-rounder that will likely be Sacramento's and end up in the teens.

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