Sixers send Fultz to Orlando at trade deadline.
The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade former #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first round pick in 2020 (via OKC) and a second-round pick (via Cleveland).
Fultz was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, aka TOS, back in December and has not appeared in a game since November 19, after which he was evaluated by multiple specialists.
According to reports, TOS is a physical injury that affects nerves between the neck and shoulder, resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion. Therefore, severely limiting Fultz's ability to shoot a basketball.
The 20-year old point guard missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury and his struggles shooting the ball have been well documented over the course of his young NBA career. In 19 games this season, he is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
He has appeared in just 33 total games since being drafted #1 overall in 2017.
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Meanwhile, the Sixers will receive a first round pick, a second rounder, and 6'6 wing Jonathon Simmons. In 41 games this season, Simmons is averaging 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a little over 20 minutes of action per game.
The Sixers also acquired Tobias Harris earlier in the week as they look to improve upon their 34-20 record, which is currently good enough for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.