Are Magic and Hawks both pursuing a Markelle Fultz trade with Sixers?

Are Magic and Hawks both pursuing a Markelle Fultz trade with Sixers?

The Philadelphia 76ers have finally punted on Markelle Fultz.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have reached an agreement with the Magic to send Fultz to Orlando for forward Jonathan Simmons, a first-round pick (top-20 protected from Oklahoma City) and a second-round pick.

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.

Orlando acquired Fultz from the 76ers in exchange for forward Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks.

Fultz, the former first-round pick from Washington, needs a fresh start on a team that will make him the starting point guard. There's a definite possibility that he's never able to put everything together again, but he still has all sorts of talent. But, he also dealt with injuries as well as a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games. 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.

Orlando thinks the 20-year-old can still reach his potential despite his early struggles, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman told reporters Thursday shortly after the team traded for the guard.

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.

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