Philadelphia Sixers Trade Former No. 1 Pick Markelle Fultz to Orlando Magic

Sherman Parsons
February 10, 2019

Philadelphia acquired forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott from the Los Angeles Clippers for its own lottery-protected 2020 first-round draft pick, Miami's 2021 unprotected first-round pick, Detroit's second-round choices in 2021 and 2023 and forward Wilson Chandler, forward Mike Muscala and rookie guard Landry Shamet.

Despite a lot of the negativity surrounding Fultz, coach Brett Brown seemingly never said a bad thing about the young player and said he felt sad when he learned he was traded.

The Magic will send Jonathon Simmons, Oklahoma City Thunder's 2020 protected first-round pick and Cleveland's 2019 second-round pick to the Sixers for Fultz.

We can't wait to see the two play together, although who knows when Fultz will actually be cleared to do so.

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Fultz, 20, was the top overall pick less than two years ago, after the 76ers traded a first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to move up two spots in the 2017 NBA Draft. President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman was extremely ecstatic about the move and said that the "sky's the limit" as to what Fultz can do for the franchise. After a hard rookie season, he's been sidelined since mid-November with a nerve condition in his shoulder and neck.

Bamba took to Instagram on Thursday night and Friday morning to playfully welcome Fultz to Orlando. "And he's got all the ingredients, not just the physical abilities, to blossom". Players who are distracted off the court, Isaac noted, often struggle on it and he feels that very well could have been the case with a player a gifted as Fultz. We're going to do it right. "But I would feel ..."

Given time to heal his shoulder and rid his head of whatever demons that might have been haunting him and Fultz will once again return to being a top talent, Isaac predicted. All opinions expressed by John Denton are exclusively his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Orlando Magic or their Basketball Operations staff, partners or sponsors.

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