Markelle Fultz traded by Philadelphia 76ers to Orlando Magic

Markelle Fultz traded by Philadelphia 76ers to Orlando Magic

It's obviously a fairly hefty price tag to give up a first-round pick for a player that hasn't seen the floor a ton during his first two National Basketball Association seasons, However, Fultz showcased massive potential during his lone collegiate season and the Magic are hoping he can realize that success at the National Basketball Association level. In his rookie year, he appeared in just 14 regular season games but never seemed quite healthy.

After trading Fultz to the Magic, Philly dropped a press release marking the trade as official but Brand did not include a message regarding the incoming or outgoing players. The 76ers also get a second-round pick this year.

"We expected him to be back some time this season", Brand said after being asked about the decision to deal Fultz. "I think he's a 20-year-old player with tremendous potential and I feel confident in saying the league looks at him that way, not just us". Fultz showed signs of his defensive ability when he was playing for the Sixers earlier this season. "I'm glad that he's a part of our team now and hopefully I can talk to him and help him with whatever he's been going through".

Fultz played in the 76ers' first 19 games this season, but he and his camp chose to sit out and rehab his shoulder that they claimed was never 100 percent. He is athletic enough to be an elite defensive guard; his ceiling remains very high.

Fultz was the consensus No. 1 pick by pundits everywhere ahead of the 2017 draft.

With Mohamed Bamba and Jonathan Isaac selected in the lottery in the 2018 and 2017 drafts respectively, Orlando have been desperate to add a young point guard.

Given time to heal his shoulder and rid his head of whatever demons that might have been haunting him and Fultz will once again return to being a top talent, Isaac predicted. "We're going to do it right, we're not going to do it fast". "But I would feel ..."

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