NBA Trade Deadline: 76ers trade Markelle Fultz to Orlando Magic

Markelle Fultz Sixers

Markelle Fultz Sixers

It's over; it's finally over.

The final headlining move of Thursday's trade deadline came as the 76ers finally chose to part with Markelle Fultz, their No. 1 overall selection in 2017 whose career has been in flux ever since due to injuries and on-court struggles.

Wow, I'm not going to lie, that's a pretty solid haul.

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.

Simmons is averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 41 games this season.

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And more importantly for the Philadelphia 76ers, he's a guard sized guard who can cover opposing guards. The first-round pick is from Oklahoma City and the second-rounder is from Cleveland, per Kevin O'Connor.

Simmons' deal is much more tenable. He is still just 20 years old and under team control on his rookie contract through 2021, when he could become a restricted free agent. You could reasonably envision a scenario in which Fultz's physical therapy did the trick, he rediscovered his shot, and the Sixers regretted letting him go in a win-now move.

With a cap hit of $8.3 million this season and $9.7 next season, moving Fultz became necessary if the Sixers plan on trying to sign both Jimmy Butler and newly-acquired Tobias Harris this offseason.

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. By securing the two draft picks, Brand didn't abandon the Sixers' future. Who knows, but that's no longer the Philadelphia 76ers problem.

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