76ers finally trade Markelle Fultz, send him to Orlando Magic

76ers finally trade Markelle Fultz, send him to Orlando Magic

The second-round pick will be the most favorable of Cleveland, Houston and Orlando's selections in this year's draft, meaning it will likely be a valuable choice in the early 30s.

Wojnarowski reported that the Philadelphia 76ers had traded 2017 first overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic.

It should be noted the 2020 protected first round pick the Sixers are getting from the Magic, via the Oklahoma City Thunder, was actually already traded once between the two clubs before.

The Celtics were able to turn Markelle Fultz into Jayson Tatum. The 20-year-old Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds and is shooting 42 percent from the field.

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Simmons is averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 41 games this season. Fultz is now sidelined while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, and though he's expected to play again this season, his problems extend well beyond his health. The Sixers just gave away Fultz for next to nothing.

On the morning of June 17, 2017, the Sixers put Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox through a pre-draft workout at their Camden, N.J., practice facility. His freaky off-court saga, the mysterious disappearance of his jump shot, subsequent injury woes and the fact he'd become a poor fit next to ball-dominant Ben Simmons had made this a tenuous situation.

Fultz is owed $9.75 million for the 19-20 season, which will be a problematic figure for the 76ers if they re-sign Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Still, the Sixers need more defense coming off the bench and that's what they get in Simmons.

Thus ends one of the most disappointing tenures for a No. 1 overall pick with the team that drafted him in National Basketball Association history.