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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s the end of maybe one of the strangest eras in NBA history for a first overall pick. The Sixers traded 2017 first-overall Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic Thursday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
You have to applaud general manager Elton Brand for the reported return.
Jonathan Simmons and a first-round pick are coming back to the Sixers. It’s a 2020 top-20 protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City that the Sixers actually once controlled.
And a 2019 second-round pick that will convey between three teams: Cleveland, Houston and Orlando.
All that for Fultz, who may have never played for the Sixers again.
The Fultz questions will be the main ones posed now. Brand will answer questions at a 5 p.m. press conference. We’ll also hear from Tobias Harris, the big acquisition from the Los Angeles Clippers at the deadline to give the Sixers a “Big 4.”
Fultz played only 33 games in Philly due to right shoulder issues.
But no doubt, the Sixers moving on from Fultz has people buzzing.
Simmons is a 6-foot-6 guard. This will be his third team in four seasons after spending two seasons with the Spurs and Magic. He is averaging 7 points per game so far this year, and will be a versatile athletic player to help the team’s bench depth.
The Sixers have been active before the trade deadline, acquiring Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Los Angeles Clippers and James Ennis from the Houston Rockets.