The Philadelphia 76ers have finally punted on Markelle Fultz.
In the final minutes before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline, the Magic acquired former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers for a relatively low cost: swingman Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick that originally belonged to another team and a 2019 second-round pick.
Philadelphia will receive Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick and a second-round pick in exchange for the 20-year-old guard.
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 first-round pick is from Oklahoma City and the second-rounder is from Cleveland, per Kevin O'Connor.
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Whether a trade happens or not remains to be seen, but Wojnarowski does believe that there's at least a "possibility" that Fultz has played his last game for the Sixers. But, he also dealt with injuries as well as a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games.
He has appeared in just 33 total games since being drafted #1 overall in 2017.
When I wrote about my idea Fultz trade scenario, a swap for Antonio Blakeney initially suggested by Bill Simmons; I hypothesized that the team should not only attempt to add a player who fits their win-now mode but also has a team friendly contract moving forward, and Markelle's nearly $10 million a year deal would have hampered their potential moves in July. First, they added Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and just a few days ago they picked up Tobias Harris from the Clippers. 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.