76ers trade Markelle Fultz to Orlando Magic, reports say

Arnold Nichols
February 9, 2019

Fultz' second year in Philadelphia was tumultuous.

After literally months of waiting, anticipation, and disappointment, the Philadelphia 76ers have finally traded Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic for shooting guard Jonathon Simmons, an Oklahoma City top-20 protected 2020 first round pick and a future second-round pick.

The Sixers have been rather busy this season on the trade front, making a number of blockbuster moves.

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.

Fultz's representatives informed the Sixers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists. The Sixers are officially all in.

Simmons will provide some solid wing depth for a team that desperately needs it, and they've managed to recoup a few of the picks that they've sent out already this season. The Magic are taking theirs.

The 76ers acquired Jonathan Simmons in the deal for Fultz along with a couple of draft picks and now have one of the more formidable lineups in the Eastern Conference.

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. He has been out supposedly recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, and the Magic have chose to take a chance on him.

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