Magic take flyer on Markelle Fultz

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia 76ers traded former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic. In exchange, the 76ers are receiving Jonathan Simmons, along with a 2020 first-round draft pick and a second-round draft pick.

According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the 76ers first acquired the 2020 pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Jerami Grant deal.

Former Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz looks on against the Chicago Bulls
Markelle Fultz looks on against the Chicago Bulls (Getty Images)

The 20-year-old Upper Marlboro, Maryland native appeared in 19 games this season with 15 starts. He averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

He has not played with the 76ers since Nov. 19 against the Phoenix Suns. He scored zero points in the game in 7 minutes and five seconds.

His best game of the 2018-19 season was 16 points against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 29. This is also his career-high.

Fultz has appeared in 33 games, including 15 starts with Philadelphia. He is averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

The 29-year-old Houston, Texas native will be joining his third NBA team. Besides playing for the Magic, he began his career with the San Antonio Spurs.

This season, Simmons made 41 appearances, including nine starts. He was averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

In his career, he has made 243 appearances with 69 appearances. He is averaging all-time 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game.

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