Sixers Give Up On Markelle Fultz, Trade Former No. 1 Pick

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It's over; it's finally over.

Of interest to fans of the Philadelphia 76ers is the fact that, according to Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic are both interested in pursuing a trade with the Sixers for Markelle Fultz.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Markelle (Fultz) to the Magic family", said Weltman.

Now granted, the move doesn't really bring a whole lot of star power back to the City of Brotherly Love, but really could we have asked for a better haul for a player who hasn't suited up since mid-November?

Fultz' second year in Philadelphia was tumultuous.

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He's averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists per game this year.

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. There's a definite possibility that he's never able to put everything together again, but he still has all sorts of talent.

Simmons' deal is much more tenable.

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, on the other hand, will have an opportunity to revitalize his career down in Orlando, a team desperate for a point guard that has virtually no chance of making the playoffs this season, even after coming out to a hot start. The C's acquired him with the third pick in the draft, which they swapped to Philly for the No. 1 pick and a future first-rounder that will likely be Sacramento's and end up in the teens.

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