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The Orlando Magic have acquired guard and former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
In return, the Magic will send swingman Jonathon Simmons, a 2020 first-round pick and 2019 secounder back to the Sixers, per multiple reports.
Fultz is a 6-foot-4 guard has played just 19 games for the Sixers this season after suffering a mysterious shoulder injury. He had from the same injury and was forced to sit for much of his rookie season last year, appearing in just 14 games.
“Magic president Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond consider the Fultz acquisition as a low-risk, high-reward proposition,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported. “The Magic will proceed with his arrival as long-term project and like chances with Steve Clifford and his staff getting to work with the former No. 1 pick.”
Fultz, 20, was going to struggle to see playing time following the Sixers’ trade for Jimmy Butler. Coincidentally, his injury flared up immediately after he was benched for the second half of a game in early December.