Magic acquire former No. 1 overall pick Fultz from Sixers

Magic acquire former No. 1 overall pick Fultz from Sixers

Magic acquire former No. 1 overall pick Fultz from Sixers

Still, Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond felt that Fultz's generational type of talent was too good to pass on. I think the whole league had him there.

Philadelphia acquired forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott from the Los Angeles Clippers for its own lottery-protected 2020 first-round draft pick, Miami's 2021 unprotected first-round pick, Detroit's second-round choices in 2021 and 2023 and forward Wilson Chandler, forward Mike Muscala and rookie guard Landry Shamet. It's been well-documented that Fultz has barely played while Jayson Tatum has shown the potential to be a superstar with the Celtics. He is athletic enough to be an elite defensive guard; his ceiling remains very high. He was also diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and has been sidelined indefinitely.

Fultz has played in only 33 games since being taken No. 1 overall in the 2017 draft. "And he's got all the ingredients, not just the physical abilities, to blossom".

Fultz and his broken jumper were traded to the Orlando Magic for forward Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder and a second-round selection from the Cleveland Cavaliers (according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor). "So, once I saw that, we discussed taking a shot at it now, because who knows how long that window is going to be open?"

"We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he's dealing with and getting him through it, " Weltman said.

Fultz, out of action since November 19, was averaging just 8.2 points in 19 games this season prior to the injury. Getting him through that, it's our job organizationally, from the performance directors to the coaches to all of us to put him in a position to succeed. We're going to do it right. "And however long that takes, that's how long it'll take".

We can't wait to see the two play together, although who knows when Fultz will actually be cleared to do so. "I feel for Markelle in the situation that he's been in and I'm glad that he's out of it".

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