Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Fultz to Magic

Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Fultz to Magic

Javier Howell
February 9, 2019

And more importantly for the Philadelphia 76ers, he's a guard sized guard who can cover opposing guards.

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic for Jonathan Simmons, a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 top-20 protected first-rounder, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Fultz and his broken jumper were traded to the Orlando Magic for forward Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder and a second-round selection from the Cleveland Cavaliers (according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor).

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That's right after trading their best reserve guard (Landry Shamet) and bringing back four different frontcourt players over the last two days, the 76ers have finally acquired a guard who could help to add some stability to the backcourt moving forward. There's a definite possibility that he's never able to put everything together again, but he still has all sorts of talent. He played 14 games during his rookie season and 19 this season before shutting down, citing the nerve disorder.

The Fultz saga will be talked about forever, and the trade the Sixers made with the Boston Celtics to move up and take him will go down as one of the biggest what-ifs of this generation.

Simmons is averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 41 games this season. The 20-year-old was given a starting role, but played uninspiring basketball. Fultz was the only player in the country to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. Redick, Tobias Harris, or Jimmy Butler, as they will all be in line for new deals.