76ers trade former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz to Magic

"We are extremely excited to welcome Markelle (Fultz) to the Magic family", said Weltman.

Of interest to fans of the Philadelphia 76ers is the fact that, according to Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic are both interested in pursuing a trade with the Sixers for Markelle Fultz. Since then, he's transformed into a pretty darn good National Basketball Association player, averaging 8.5 points in about 20 minutes of action a night over his four-year career.

Fultz played in the 76ers' first 19 games this season, but he and his camp made a decision to sit out and rehab his shoulder that they claimed was never 100 percent. If it does not convey, the 76ers will receive second-round picks in the 2022 and 2023 draft.

When I wrote about my idea Fultz trade scenario, a swap for Antonio Blakeney initially suggested by Bill Simmons; I hypothesized that the team should not only attempt to add a player who fits their win-now mode but also has a team friendly contract moving forward, and Markelle's nearly $10 million a year deal would have hampered their potential moves in July. He had from the same injury and was forced to sit for much of his rookie season previous year, appearing in just 14 games.

Fultz has shot just 41.4 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from 3-point range in 33 career games.

Eleven-year veteran D.J. Augustin is the current starting point guard in Orlando.

Orlando is well aware that a comeback situation in the East is highly unlikely, and would rather operate with the promise of a bright future than acquire players in hopes to crack one of the last few seeds in a tight race for the playoffs.

  • Angelo Rivera