The Philadelphia 76ers are trading former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic for guard Jonathon Simmons and first- and second-round picks, according to multiple reports before Thursday’s trade deadline.
Per reports, the first-rounder is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top-20 protected pick, which becomes second-round picks in 2022 and 2023 if not conveyed before then. The 76ers previously acquired the same pick in a trade involving Jerami Grant, before sending it to Orlando in June of 2017 for the rights to Latvian center Anzejs Pasecniks.
Fultz, 20, was the No. 1 overall pick less than two years ago, after the 76ers traded a first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to move up two spots in the 2017 NBA Draft.
However, Fultz has played just 33 games through two seasons while battling shoulder and wrist injuries that have affected his ability and confidence to shoot. He hasn’t played since Nov. 19 while undergoing therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which causes compression or irritation of the nerves or blood vessels in the area between the lower neck and upper chest.
There have also been numerous reports about miscommunication and conflict between Fultz and the 76ers over the last year and a half.
Fultz played in 19 games (15 starts) for Philadelphia this season and averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game. He was limited to 14 games as a rookie, averaging 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.
Simmons, 29, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.6 minutes per game while playing 41 games (nine starts) in Orlando this season. He posted career highs of 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 29.4 minutes per game as a regular starter (50 of 69 games) in 2017-18.
–Field Level Media