Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to Magic


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.

Wow, I'm not going to lie, that's a pretty solid haul.

Fultz, the former first-round pick from Washington, needs a fresh start on a team that will make him the starting point guard.

As we highlighted here, J. Simmons is one of the more inspirational stories in the National Basketball Association, an undrafted free agent out of Houston who had to pay $150 to even get a try out for the Spurs' G-League affiliate in Austin.

Simmons, 29, is a 6-6 bench player, who is averaging just 6.9 points in 20.6 minutes per game for Orlando this season.

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If not, Fultz will remain a part of the team for the foreseeable future...

Whether a trade happens or not remains to be seen, but Wojnarowski does believe that there's at least a "possibility" that Fultz has played his last game for the Sixers.

And best of all, he's on a great contract. However, Fultz hasn't played since November 19. It seems that every other day, there's a new report about Fultz and whether or not the Sixers will deal him. First, they added Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and just a few days ago they picked up Tobias Harris from the Clippers.

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. After a less than lackluster tenure, the Markelle Fultz tenure is finally over.