Magic trade Jonathon Simmons, draft picks to 76ers for Markelle Fultz

Magic trade Jonathon Simmons, draft picks to 76ers for Markelle Fultz

Magic trade Jonathon Simmons, draft picks to 76ers for Markelle Fultz

I think the whole league had him there. "To add a piece now, get ready for the playoffs and add some assets, a first-round pick and a high second-round pick, it just felt like the time to do it now".

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.

"His ceiling is exceptionally high", Weltman said.

With Fultz out of game action since November 19 and now rehabilitating from thoracic outlet syndrome - an impingement of the nerves and/or blood vessels between the neck and shoulder - it is uncertain when he will play again - if, at all, this season for an Orlando squad hoping to make a playoff push. "Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the draft two years ago and it wasn't a fluke".

Fultz - who was traded to Orlando for Jonathon Simmons and two future draft picks - now has a new chance with the Magic, something Brown seems happy about.

He has averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his 19 appearances in 2018-19.

"We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him and understanding everything that he's dealing with, " Weltman said. Getting him through that, it's our job organizationally, from the performance directors to the coaches to all of us to put him in a position to succeed. "But right now we had a chance to add a player, wing depth, and so we had to go do it now". "And however long that takes, that's how long it'll take". To have the physical profile of a Markelle Fultz, that big, strapping guard who can blow by you and attack the rim and can just pressure on you in all ways is something we're all just looking for.

Though Fultz became the first teenager in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double, doing so on the final game of the 2017-18 regular season, he's also struggled to find his shooting stroke. "But I would feel ..."

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