Magic reportedly acquire Markelle Fultz from 76ers for Jonathon Simmons, multiple picks

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The Sixers will receive Jonathon Simmons, a first-round pick (via the Thunder), and a second-round pick (via the Cavaliers). The deal was later confirmed by both teams. Let's break it down.

They traded Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks for him.

In the end, the Philadelphia 76ers get decent compensation for a struggling former first overall pick and Fultz gets a fresh start with low expectations along with an opportunity to become a franchise point guard.

Fittingly, no future is more murky than Fultz's.

The Celtics were able to turn Markelle Fultz into Jayson Tatum.

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That logic doesn't apply to this situation, or to the trade Brand made. Expect the Sixers to stay active on the buyout market, as well. Even if Fultz has a rebirth in Orlando, if Philly hits its ceiling as a Finals contender, it will be something everyone can stomach.

As things presently stand, the 29-year-old guard is in the middle of a 3-year, $20 million deal that will pay him $5.7 million in 2019-20, but only $1 million of that is guaranteed (via Spotrac). To have any chance of doing that, Fultz needed to go somewhere he could actually play through his mistakes, and with the Sixers' timeline having accelerated massively in the past six months, the Magic are a ideal low-pressure environment for him to do that.

While Fultz has not done much of substance in his 33 National Basketball Association games, Orlando is right to take a chance here. They hope Fultz can at least be that.

When I wrote about my idea Fultz trade scenario, a swap for Antonio Blakeney initially suggested by Bill Simmons; I hypothesized that the team should not only attempt to add a player who fits their win-now mode but also has a team friendly contract moving forward, and Markelle's nearly $10 million a year deal would have hampered their potential moves in July.

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