76ers give up on Markelle Fultz with trade to Magic

76ers give up on Markelle Fultz with trade to Magic

Fultz being moved to another team now cements his place near, or at, the top of the all-time busts list.

Fultz is going into a scenario where he will have little pressure and is in no rush to perform at a high level off the bat, according to Wojnarowski.

The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Markelle Fultz first overall less than two years ago. The deal ends Fultz's time with the Sixers after just one-and-a-half seasons with the team.

Simmons is a wing renowned for his defense, a quality the Sixers have been desperately searching for off the bench.

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. Furthermore, Elton Brand has made it clear that the Sixers are in win-now mode, trying to make a run this season.

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Thus ends one of the most disappointing tenures for a No. 1 overall pick with the team that drafted him in National Basketball Association history.

The selection of Fultz won't turn out to be a complete wash for the 76ers, but the return of a first-round pick from a projected playoff team, a second-round pick and Simmons pales in comparison to the haul of the No. 3 overall pick and additional first-round pick they sent the Celtics to select him.

Former Husky Markelle Fultz gets a desperately needed fresh start with his trade to the Orlando Magic.

As things presently stand, the 29-year-old guard is in the middle of a 3-year, $20 million deal that will pay him $5.7 million in 2019-20, but only $1 million of that is guaranteed (via Spotrac).

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.

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