Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

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

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

Though Fultz became the first teenager in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double, doing so on the final game of the 2017-18 regular season, he's also struggled to find his shooting stroke.

However, Fultz has played just 33 games through two seasons while battling shoulder and wrist injuries that have affected his ability and confidence to shoot. They met, first when Fultz played for famed DeMatha (Md.) Catholic, secondly at the Nike Hoop Summit and, later along the AAU circuit. The second-round pick is for this year's draft.

Fultz was a third-team All-American at the University of Washington. "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 did not materialize into the player the Sixers hoped. Brown admitted that, in recent weeks, he'd begun to wonder if things would ever work out for Fultz in Philadelphia. The former top pick is now sidelined after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which is an injury that deals with the nerves between the shoulder and neck.

"His ceiling is exceptionally high", Weltman said.

The Sixers made a trade with the Boston Celtics to secure the top pick 2017 NBA 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. I felt sad for that. Players who are distracted off the court, Isaac noted, often struggle on it and he feels that very well could have been the case with a player a gifted as Fultz. "But right now we had a chance to add a player, wing depth, and so we had to go do it now". "Now, he has a fresh start and he can clear his head". "He gets healthy, he'll be back to his old self, playing the game that he loves".

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