76ers dealing Markelle Fultz to Magic

Markelle Fultz Sixers

The Magic sent forward Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick (via Oklahoma City) and a 2019 second-round pick to the Sixers.

Fultz was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, aka TOS, back in December and has not appeared in a game since November 19, after which he was evaluated by multiple specialists.

The Markelle Fultz era in Philadelphia has come to an end. The 29-year-old has averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists through four seasons split between the Magic and San Antonio Spurs.

The 76ers acquired Jonathan Simmons in the deal for Fultz along with a couple of draft picks and now have one of the more formidable lineups in the Eastern Conference. He played 14 games during his rookie season and 19 this season before shutting down, citing the nerve disorder.

Will he ever recapture his college form and look even remotely close to the player Bryan Colangelo envisioned when he traded two first-round picks to select him first overall?

It became increasingly clear that Fultz was not a part of those plans. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play. Since then, he's transformed into a pretty darn good National Basketball Association player, averaging 8.5 points in about 20 minutes of action a night over his four-year career.

It's a calculated move for Orlando to pick up a player it evidently believes still has the potential to be a difference maker at a relatively low cost.

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