NBA Trade Grades: Can Markelle Fultz Resurrect Career in Orlando?


Wojnarowski reported that the Philadelphia 76ers had traded 2017 first overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic.

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

The 76ers traded up in the 2017 draft with the rival Boston Celtics to grab Fultz with the first pick, a move that has failed in hindsight as Boston got arguably the best player in the draft with the No. 3 pick in Jayson Tatum.

Fultz has been out since November 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December.

The second-rounder will be the most favorable among the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Houston Rockets and the Magic.

"Simmons (6'6", 195, 9/14/89) has appeared in 41 games (nine starts) this season with Orlando, averaging 6.9 ppg., 2.4 rpg. and 2.3 20.6 minpg.

It became increasingly clear that Fultz was not a part of those plans. You could reasonably envision a scenario in which Fultz's physical therapy did the trick, he rediscovered his shot, and the Sixers regretted letting him go in a win-now move.

In return, the Magic will send swingman Jonathon Simmons, a 2020 first-round pick and 2019 secounder back to the Sixers, per multiple reports. 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. One of the Sixers' biggest needs is a backup point-guard who can defend and knock down open shots, and take some of the burden off of T.J. McConnell.

Fultz is owed $9.75 million for the 19-20 season, which will be a problematic figure for the 76ers if they re-sign Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Brothers said the condition is the reason for Fultz's shooting woes and that his client would remain sidelined at least three to six weeks. Paying Fultz almost $10 million as a potentially non-contributor yet seems irresponsible.

That logic doesn't apply to this situation, or to the trade Brand made.