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"Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the draft two years ago, and it wasn't a fluke", Weltman said, via The Athletic.

In exchange the Magic will send Philadelphia shooting guard Jonathon Simmons, the Thunder's 2020 protected first round pick and the Cavaliers 2019 second round pick. The deal ends Fultz's time with the Sixers after just one-and-a-half seasons with the team.

Fultz averaged 7.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 33 games as a member of the Sixers.

Fifteen or so minutes before the NBA trade deadline, just when you started to think the Sixers might have chose to keep Markelle Fultz and trust that the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft would one day be back on a basketball court and resemble the dynamic, smooth-shooting player he was at the University of Washington, the news broke.

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The Lakers have reportedly been trying to acquire him before Thursday's deadline. The trade deadline has, somehow, still not passed.

Fultz has been out since November 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December. The first-round pick is from Oklahoma City and the second-rounder is from Cleveland, per Kevin O'Connor. It seems that every other day, there's a new report about Fultz and whether or not the Sixers will deal him. Outside of one game where he recorded a triple-double, Fultz offered nearly nothing to the team during his time with the Sixers.

Simmons is a wing renowned for his defense, a quality the Sixers have been desperately searching for off the bench. Despite being a 41.3-percent 3-point shooter in college, Fultz has connected on just 4-of-15 long-range attempts since entering the league.

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.