76ers give up on Markelle Fultz with trade to Magic

Sixers podcast Markelle Fultz Philly would both benefit from a trade

Markelle Fultz watches a January game at the Wells Fargo Center. TIM TAI Staff

The second-round pick will be the most favorable of Cleveland, Houston and Orlando's selections in this year's draft, meaning it will likely be a valuable choice in the early 30s.

- The Philadelphia 76ers have traded 2017 first overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in the final minutes of the NBA Trade Deadline.

ESPN's Zach Lowe added that the first-round pick Philadelphia will receive originally was the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2020 pick, top-20 protected. Both picks they are giving up are on some level superfluous, as Orlando has all of their own future first-rounders, and also has the Nets' second-round selection in 2019. He played in just 33 games with the Sixers over the past two seasons with averages of 7.7 points on 41.4-percent shooting from the floor, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists. The Sixers just gave away Fultz for next to nothing.

Fultz played in 19 games for the Sixers this season, putting up 8.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game after missing most of the 2017-18 season with his shoulder injury. Philly was never going to recuperate the value of using a top pick on Fultz due to the point guard problems stemming from thoracic outlet syndrome. He's building the Sixers to win now, while he knows that his Big 4 of Harris, Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will be around.

Before the Harris trade, the notion that the Sixers should remain patient with Fultz and hope he would eventually morph back into the player they drafted made some sense.

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?

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