76ers finally trade Markelle Fultz, send him to Orlando Magic
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Feb 09, 2019,
Feb 09, 2019, 0:46
He has averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his 19 appearances in 2018-19.
Fultz has shot just 41.4 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from 3-point range in 33 career games.
Fultz, the former first-round pick from Washington, needs a fresh start on a team that will make him the starting point guard.
Fultz and his broken jumper were traded to the Orlando Magic for forward Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder and a second-round selection from the Cleveland Cavaliers (according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor). He's owed $5.7 million next season if the Sixers decide to keep him.
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Fultz being moved to another team now cements his place near, or at, the top of the all-time busts list. Why it never worked with the Sixers can be debated, but regardless of the reason, the Sixers wasted multiple valuable assets to get Fultz. Fultz led all NCAA Division I freshmen and all Pac-12 players in scoring, while ranking sixth overall in the nation. Whether it is because of injury or something else, it is certainly one of the strangest things to happen in the history of the National Basketball Association.
Philadelphia has made significant moves this season, acquiring Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to add to its established core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as it seeks to get ahead in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.
It might be somewhat obvious at this point, but the best way to characterize Fultz's future with the team might be "wait and see". Paying Fultz almost $10 million as a potentially non-contributor yet seems irresponsible.