76ers give up on Markelle Fultz with trade to Magic

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Of interest to fans of the Philadelphia 76ers is the fact that, according to Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic are both interested in pursuing a trade with the Sixers for Markelle Fultz.

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.

The Magic sent forward Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick (via Oklahoma City) and a 2019 second-round pick to the Sixers.

He has averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his 19 appearances in 2018-19. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported that the picks will be a first-rounder via the Thunder and a second-rounder via the Cavaliers.

Fultz has played in just 33 National Basketball Association games since joining the 76ers in 2017. He had from the same injury and was forced to sit for much of his rookie season previous year, appearing in just 14 games. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play.

The Fultz saga will be talked about forever, and the trade the Sixers made with the Boston Celtics to move up and take him will go down as one of the biggest what-ifs of this generation. 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. If Fultz is able to recover some of the form the 76ers anticipated when the drafted him, he would conceivably be the point guard of the future.

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