Fultz has not played since his agent announced, on November 20, that he would be out indefinitely to seek help for his ailing shoulder, and he was soon diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.
While surrendering Fultz will understandably be tough to swallow for some, it was a necessary move for both the present and future-he was not likely to help their playoff rotation and needs on-court development time to resuscitate his career.
The day prior, the Sixers and Boston Celtics had all but officially come to an agreement on a trade that would give the Sixers the top overall pick in the draft. Danny Ainge; who traded the first overall pick to Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick and a future first rounder. Still, the Sixers need more defense coming off the bench and that's what they get in Simmons. His freakish off-court saga, the mysterious disappearance of his jump shot, subsequent injury woes and the fact he'd become a poor fit next to ball-dominant Ben Simmons had made this a tenuous situation. Orlando can point out to its fans that it traded for a onetime No. 1 draft pick.
Once you get past the pervasive weirdness of Fultz's tenure in Philadelphia, the diagnoses of what was wrong with him, and the shaky cell phone videos of his shaky jumper, it's apparent that general manager Elton Brand made a smart deal in trading Fultz to Orlando.
Magic president Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond consider the Fultz acquisition as a low-risk, high-reward proposition.
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After the Harris trade, the Sixers are clearly in "win now" mode, so it would make sense for them to deal Fultz to a team that values him...
The former Washington point guard has shot 41.4 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from 3-point distance and 53.4 percent from the line, confounding a Sixers team that anticipated Fultz being a capable scorer.
The 20-year-old has been out indefinitely since November 19 while rehabbing from thoracic outlet syndrome.
The Magic will gamble on the point guard's talent that perhaps has a better chance of resurfacing on a rebuilding team in a smaller media market.