Reports: Sixers trading Fultz to the Magic

NBA.com Global on Feb 08, 2019 03:55 AM
Reports: Sixers trading Fultz to the Magic
FILE - PHILADELPHIA,PA - MARCH 26 : Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers runs into the locker room while shaking fans hands against the Denver Nuggets at Wells Fargo Center on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA.com staff report

Markelle Fultz, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, is headed to a new locale.

Per multiple reports, the Philadelphia 76ers are trading Fultz to the Orlando Magic along with swingman Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick and a second-round pick. Per Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the picks the Sixers are receiving are a first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder and a second-round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fultz has been out since early December with thoracic outlet syndrome. He visited with several specialists to figure out what's ailing him. The Sixers said the specialists have identified a compression or irritation in the area between the lower neck and upper chest. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play.

Fultz's representatives informed the Sixers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists.

He played just 14 games last season because of a shoulder injury that appeared to affect his shooting mechanics and made him one of the more scrutinized players in the NBA. Fultz lost his starting spot in the rotation when the Sixers traded for Jimmy Butler. The 20-year-old Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds and is shooting 42 percent from the field.

Simmons, a 29-year-old wing, should bring solid perimeter defense to the Sixers. He's averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.6 minutes over 41 games with the Magic this season.

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