Magic believe ‘sky's the limit’ for Markelle Fultz

Magic believe ‘sky's the limit’ for Markelle Fultz

Magic believe ‘sky's the limit’ for Markelle Fultz

The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade former #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first round pick in 2020 (via OKC) and a second-round pick (via Cleveland). Let's break it down. It seems that every other day, there's a new report about Fultz and whether or not the Sixers will deal him. Furthermore, Elton Brand has made it clear that the Sixers are in win-now mode, trying to make a run this season.

Simmons is a wing renowned for his defense, a quality the Sixers have been desperately searching for off the bench. Even if Fultz has a rebirth in Orlando, if Philly hits its ceiling as a Finals contender, it will be something everyone can stomach.

"Magic president Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond consider the Fultz acquisition as a low-risk, high-reward proposition", Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.

The 20-year old point guard missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury and his struggles shooting the ball have been well documented over the course of his young National Basketball Association career.

The Sixers traded up from No. 3 overall in 2017 to select Fultz. Even if he's not a real star, as he was pegged by many going into the 2017 draft, there is a definite level of upside here by simple way of the fact that things can't get any worse.

Fultz, the former first-round pick from Washington, needs a fresh start on a team that will make him the starting point guard. They hope Fultz can at least be that. Even if Fultz never fully delivers on his upside, it's really not much to surrender for a chance to find out. So long as they'd get a decent return for his potential. And if Fultz is reborn in central Florida, everyone will be better off for it.

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