Magic reportedly acquire Markelle Fultz from 76ers for Jonathon Simmons, multiple picks

Magic reportedly acquire Markelle Fultz from 76ers for Jonathon Simmons, multiple picks

The additional second-round pick in the deal belonged to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Getting a real first-round pick in return should be viewed as a win at this stage, and recoups assets after the Sixers surrendered two future first-rounders for Tobias Harris early Wednesday.

The Magic will gamble on the point guard's talent that perhaps has a better chance of resurfacing on a rebuilding team in a smaller media market. The change of scenery could also help him overcome the stigma that comes with failing to live up to the lofty expectations of others.

Fultz has been out since November 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December. To have any chance of doing that, Fultz needed to go somewhere he could actually play through his mistakes, and with the Sixers' timeline having accelerated massively in the past six months, the Magic are a flawless low-pressure environment for him to do that. Fultz led all NCAA Division I freshmen and all Pac-12 players in scoring, while ranking sixth overall in the nation.

Though Fultz became the first teenager in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double, doing so on the final game of the 2017-18 regular season, he's also struggled to find his shooting stroke. The Sixers traded that same pick to the Magic in the 2017 draft, so that the Sixers could draft Anzejs Pasecniks.

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It is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Magic.

He added: "We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he's dealing with and getting him through it". In 41 games this season, Simmons is averaging 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a little over 20 minutes of action per game.

The 2019 NBA Trade Deadline is over and Anthony Davis was not traded, but there were still plenty of juicy NBA trades that took place - with several marquee players being moved. Marc Gasol was traded to the Raptors in a big deal, including Jonas Valanciunas. The Raptors sent center Jonas Valanciunias to Memphis. Plus, interesting Lakers rumors, including Carmelo Anthony potentially teaming up with LeBron James in LA. Westbrook finished with 15 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds.

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