Sixers trade Fultz to Magic

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The Philadelphia 76ers traded away Markelle Fultz on Thursday, marking an end to the former No. 1 draft pick's time with the organization.

Sixers GM Elton Brand said the time for the team to contend is now. "A lot of things need to happen before that, but we are all on board to keep this core together long term".

The Magic are also hopeful that with Fultz in a basketball environment alongside other young, blossoming players in his age range that he will be able to find comfort and thrive on the court.

The Magic traded guard Jonathon Simmons, a 2020 protected first-round pick (top-20 protected via Oklahoma City) and a second-round selection in the 2019 NBA Draft to the 76ers in the deal.

Fultz played in only 33 games for Philadelphia after battling injuries and a broken jumper. "That was our hope".

"You spend one year in college and we're paid very well for what we do, but there's so much that goes along with that, " admitted Isaac, who noted that his play has taken off of late in part because he stopped "beating up on myself so much". "This is an incredible opportunity for us to add a former No 1 1 overall draft pick to our roster and to add depth to our backcourt".

Brown said he got the news that Fultz had been traded while seeing it on NBA TV, having missed several messages from Brand leading up to the move happening because he had been talking on the phone. "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".

"I'd be lying if I didn't (say I felt) sad", he told reporters Friday, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. I felt that. It was two emotions. Sad personally, selfishly I suppose, that I never really felt like I had the chance to coach him. "I feel for Markelle in the situation that he's been in and I'm glad that he's out of it". "To add a piece now, get ready for the playoffs and add some assets, a first-round pick and a high second-round pick, it just felt like the time to do it now".

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