Sixers trading Fultz to the Magic

08 February, 2019, 10:55 | Author: Amy Huff
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The Philadelphia 76ers traded 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

Fultz is going into a scenario where he will have little pressure and is in no rush to perform at a high level off the bat, according to Wojnarowski.

Fultz is getting moved for Jonathan Simmons, as well as a 2020 first-round pick that Philadelphia used to own but was conveyed in other deals. Simmons is mostly a bench player, so recouping the draft picks will be big for Philly.

Philadelphia has made significant moves this season, acquiring Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to add to its established core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as it seeks to get ahead in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.

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"We are extremely excited to welcome Markelle [Fultz] to the Magic family", Jeff Weltman, Orlando president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

As things presently stand, the 29-year-old guard is in the middle of a 3-year, $20 million deal that will pay him $5.7 million in 2019-20, but only $1 million of that is guaranteed (via Spotrac). Although Fultz's struggles have been public and well-documented, if you believe his shooting problems are tied to the health of his shoulder, then there is certainly a chance for him to rehabilitate his value. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play. They hope Fultz can at least be that.

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. Altogether, this is a worthy, intelligent gamble by Orlando that could inject some energy into their organization.

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