Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to Magic

Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to 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. Any remorse at this point was worth throwing out, and both Fultz and the Sixers should benefit from moving in different directions. Sometimes, the best thing is to admit you flubbed the pick (which, in Philly's defense, was more or less a consensus choice at the time) and move on.

That logic doesn't apply to this situation, or to the trade Brand made. Redick, Tobias Harris, or Jimmy Butler, as they will all be in line for new deals.

Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft but has struggled mightily to find his rhythm and stay on the court.

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.

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Magic president Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond consider the Fultz acquisition as a low-risk, high-reward proposition. Brothers said the condition is the reason for Fultz's shooting woes and that his client would remain sidelined at least three to six weeks.

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 get a chance to develop a starting-caliber point guard and need a real scorer to place alongside Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba going forward.

National Basketball Association reporter Keith Smith says the Sixers will take caution with Fultz and that he may not play for them this season.

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