National Basketball Association trade deadline: 76ers send Fultz to Magic

Report Says 76ers sending Markelle Fultz to Magic for Jonathon Simmons and picks NBA trade deadline

Hawks, Magic Have Expressed Interest In Markelle Fultz

The first-round pick originally belonged to the Oklahoma City Thunder and is top-20 protected.

The 20-year-old has been out indefinitely since November 19 while rehabbing from thoracic outlet syndrome.

Now, in moving Fultz, the Sixers have officially closed the book on The Process.

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. He has played in only 33 games total in his two National Basketball Association seasons. He has been out supposedly recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, and the Magic have made a decision to take a chance on him.

It is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Magic.

"We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him and understanding everything that he's dealing with", Weltman said.

Fultz averaged 7.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 33 games as a member of the Sixers.

The 2019 NBA Trade Deadline is over and Anthony Davis was not traded, but there were still plenty of juicy NBA trades that took place - with several marquee players being moved.

He also will return to playing. Marc Gasol was traded to the Raptors in a big deal, including Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors sent center Jonas Valanciunias to Memphis. Plus, interesting Lakers rumors, including Carmelo Anthony potentially teaming up with LeBron James in LA. Westbrook finished with 15 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds.

Although the chances of Fultz becoming a productive player for the Sixers had to be considered extremely slim, it is worth noting that Fultz developing into a role player would have been a nice consolation prize at this point.

Latest News