Markelle Fultz is on the move.
The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade former #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first round pick in 2020 (via OKC) and a second-round pick (via Cleveland).
The trade marks a fresh start for the former No. 1 overall pick who has struggled with his shot since joining the league and sat most of this season with thoracic outlet syndrome, a mysterious nerve disorder that his agent Raymond Brothers has cited as the source of his shooting woes. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported that the picks will be a first-rounder via the Thunder and a second-rounder via the Cavaliers.More news: Iman Shumpert Traded to Rockets in Three-Team Deal
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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. But, he also dealt with injuries as well as a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games. The Sixers just gave away Fultz for next to nothing. There's a definite possibility that he's never able to put everything together again, but he still has all sorts of talent. He's averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.6 minutes over 41 games with the Magic this season. In 19 games this season, he is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. First, they added Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and just a few days ago they picked up Tobias Harris from the Clippers.
How would the franchise acquire its point guard of the future?