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

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz

And more importantly for the Philadelphia 76ers, he's a guard sized guard who can cover opposing guards.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the 76ers have agreed to trade Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathan Simmons, a first and second-round pick.

Philadelphia has traded Markelle Fultz to the Magic for Jonathon Simmons and a first- and second-round pick, the 76ers announced Thursday. He had from the same injury and was forced to sit for much of his rookie season past year, appearing in just 14 games. However, Fultz hasn't played since November 19. The Sixers just gave away Fultz for next to nothing. He has played in 33 games overall since being drafted, averaging 7.7 points and shooting just 26% from the three-point line. Simmons, who was averaging 6.9 points and 2.3 assists in 20 minutes this season, figures to be a useful player off the bench for Philadelphia.

As things presently stand, the 29-year-old guard is in the middle of a 3-year, $20 million deal that will pay him $5.7 million in 2019-20, but only $1 million of that is guaranteed (via Spotrac).

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.

With a cap hit of $8.3 million this season and $9.7 next season, moving Fultz became necessary if the Sixers plan on trying to sign both Jimmy Butler and newly-acquired Tobias Harris this offseason.

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