Sixers trade former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to Magic

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz

It's over; it's finally over.

Fultz had a tumultuous time in Philadelphia where he dealt with a hitch in his jump shot, a couple of injuries and a fair amount of underachievement.

As we highlighted here, J. Simmons is one of the more inspirational stories in the National Basketball Association, an undrafted free agent out of Houston who had to pay $150 to even get a try out for the Spurs' G-League affiliate in Austin.

Philadelphia has made significant moves this season, acquiring Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to add to its established core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as it seeks to get ahead in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.

Eleven-year veteran D.J. Augustin is the current starting point guard in Orlando.

There was a reason this guy was the No. 1 overall pick just a few years ago, and if the Magic can unlock just some of that potential, they'll get a very solid player. He had from the same injury and was forced to sit for much of his rookie season previous year, appearing in just 14 games.

If Simmons meshes well with the other Simmons and company, then the Sixers can retain the 6-foot-6 defensive winger for half the price of Fultz's contract, but if he's underwhelming, the team can simply cash out for a minor nominal fee and reinvest that money into a more useful piece, like J.J.

"Teams like Atlanta, Orlando, they've talked to Philadelphia on Markelle Fultz", said Adrian Wojnarowski.

This will put Fultz in a low-pressure situation, without the need to live up to the expectation as the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, rather working on regaining full strength in his shooting shoulder and working back on his mechanics in hopes to make a successful return.

Markelle Fultz is on the move.

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