Sixers trade Markelle Fultz to Orlando Magic

Markelle Fultz Sixers

The Orlando Magic have acquired guard and former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Shams Charania of Stadium. Let's break it down.

The selection of Fultz won't turn out to be a complete wash for the 76ers, but the return of a first-round pick from a projected playoff team, a second-round pick and Simmons pales in comparison to the haul of the No. 3 overall pick and additional first-round pick they sent the Celtics to select him.

The Sixers get Jonathan Simmons who's an excellent perimeter defender, but isn't a great 3-point shooter.

That logic doesn't apply to this situation, or to the trade Brand made.

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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. Even if Fultz has a rebirth in Orlando, if Philly hits its ceiling as a Finals contender, it will be something everyone can stomach.

Orlando thinks the 20-year-old can still reach his potential despite his early struggles, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told reporters Thursday shortly after the team traded for the guard. He dealt with either the yips or a shoulder injury, depending on what you choose to believe.

There is no timetable for when Fultz will be able to play again. Even if he's not a real star, as he was pegged by many going into the 2017 draft, there is a definite level of upside here by simple way of the fact that things can't get any worse. Boston therefore will receive the Sacramento Kings' 2019 first-round pick (No. 1 protected). Even if Fultz never fully delivers on his upside, it's really not much to surrender for a chance to find out. And if Fultz is reborn in central Florida, everyone will be better off for it.

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