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Sixers trade Fultz to Magic for Simmons, picks

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The Orlando Magic are acquiring Philadelphia 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz, the Sixers confirmed via Jessica Camerato on Thursday.

The 76ers will receive Jonathon Simmons, a 2020 first-round pick, and a 2019 second-round pick.

The first-round pick originally belonged to the Oklahoma City Thunder and is top-20 protected. If it does not convey, the 76ers will receive second-round picks in the 2022 and 2023 draft. The additional second-round pick in the deal belonged to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft but has struggled mightily to find his rhythm and stay on the court. Through two seasons, the Washington product has made just 33 regular-season appearances, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.

The 20-year-old has been out indefinitely since Nov. 19 while rehabbing from thoracic outlet syndrome.

Though Fultz became the first teenager in NBA history to record a triple-double, doing so on the final game of the 2017-18 regular season, he's also struggled to find his shooting stroke. 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.

In Simmons, the 76ers add another veteran to their wing rotation. The 29-year-old has averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists through four seasons split between the Magic and San Antonio Spurs. He's under contract for $5.7 million next season but is only guaranteed for $1 million, giving Philadelphia some additional financial flexibility this offseason.

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