Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to Magic

John Tomase
February 07, 2019 - 4:00 pm

The Celtics were able to turn Markelle Fultz into Jayson Tatum. The Sixers just gave away Fultz for next to nothing.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have reached an agreement with the Magic to send Fultz to Orlando for forward Jonathan Simmons, a first-round pick (top-20 protected from Oklahoma City) and a second-round pick.

Thus ends one of the most disappointing tenures for a No. 1 overall pick with the team that drafted him in NBA history. Fultz is currently sidelined while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome, and though he's expected to play again this season, his problems extend well beyond his health.

A smooth scorer in college at Washington, Fultz effectively lost the ability to shoot with Philly. His woeful shooting form became the stuff of social media mockery, and there's no telling if he'll ever regain a normal stroke.

He's averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists per game this year.

Meanwhile, Tatum has blossomed into a borderline All-Star with the Celtics, averaging over 16 points a game. The C's acquired him with the third pick in the draft, which they swapped to Philly for the No. 1 pick and a future first-rounder that will likely be Sacramento's and end up in the teens.

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