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

10 February, 2019, 01:44 | Author: Delia Walker
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"I think it is", Brown responded when asked if reaching the Finals is a realistic goal.

The 76ers acquired Jonathan Simmons in the deal for Fultz along with a couple of draft picks and now have one of the more formidable lineups in the Eastern Conference.

"His ceiling is exceptionally high", Weltman said. "Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the draft two years ago and it wasn't a fluke". He hasn't played since November 19 while undergoing therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome, which causes compression or irritation of the nerves or blood vessels in the area between the lower neck and upper chest.

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.

"We believe we are in position to contend now", Brand said, "and our moves reflect that belief".




"We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he's dealing with and getting him through it, " Weltman said.

"We had to add a player like that when we had the opportunity", Brand said of Harris, who averaged 20.9 points and shot 43.4 percent from 3-point range for the Clippers this season.

"His size, his skill level, his vision and competitiveness - this guy has the whole package. Those are the guys who can dominate games these days". "I feel for Markelle in the situation that he's been in and I'm glad that he's out of it. But right now we had a chance to add a player, wing depth, and so we had to go do it now".

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.

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