Sixers Markelle Fultz Trade Press Release Doesn't Even Mention Him

10 February, 2019, 01:45 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Moving on from Fultz capped a 20-month saga that saw him play in only 33 regular-season games and spend much of his time away from the team while dealing with repeated issues with his shooting form. At the time, the 19-year old Fultz set a record for youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double.

With a rebuilding Magic squad that's in need of backcourt help, Fultz may be able to get healthy and hopefully fulfil his potential after being selected number one overall in the 2017 draft.


"We expected him to be back some time this season", Brand said when asked about the decision to trade Fultz. "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". Fultz showed signs of his defensive ability when he was playing for the Sixers earlier this season. With Philadelphia going all-in with the Tobias and Jimmy Butler trades, a deal seemed inevitable before the start of next season, however.

Fultz appeared in just 33 games since the 76ers took him first overall, and hasn't played this season since November 19 as he deals with thoracic outlet syndrome. However long that takes, Weltman said, the Magic are committed to helping Fultz along his road to recovery. The team also cannot count on the 2019 NBA Draft as a cure-all; Orlando's record is not bad enough that it can count on winning a top-three pick in the lottery. In addition to posting a picture of a workout from last summer, Bamba jokingly chided Fultz for asking to stay at his Orlando condo while getting settled in the area. It's understandable Brown feels he never had the chance to coach Fultz either, considering he barely took the court. We're going to do it right. A shoulder injury sidelined him for most of the season. "But I would feel ..."

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