76ers trade Markelle Fultz to Orlando Magic, reports say

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In the final minutes before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline, the Magic acquired former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers for a relatively low cost: swingman Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round pick that originally belonged to another team and a 2019 second-round pick.

Sixers GM Elton Brand said the time for the team to contend is now.

The Sixers (34-20) traded Fultz to the Orlando Magic (23-32) for forward Jonathon Simmons, plus a 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick.

We can't wait to see the two play together, although who knows when Fultz will actually be cleared to do so.

"We expected him to be back some time this season", Brand said after being asked about the decision to deal Fultz. "That was our hope". We're going to do it right. It can even be described as childish considering the struggles that the former No.1 overall pick has endured this season.

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Now, far away from the championship-or-bust expectations in Philly and on an Orlando franchise determined to patiently build around its young core, Fultz will get the clean slate that many feel will help get back to being the dynamic talent he was years earlier. Check out his reaction to the Fultz trade on Instagram. With Philadelphia going all-in with the Tobias and Jimmy Butler trades, a deal seemed inevitable before the start of next season, however.

"I'd be lying if I didn't feel sad", Brown said on Friday, via Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "And it was two emotions I felt, sad personally, selfishly I suppose that I never really felt like I got a chance to coach him". I felt sad for that.

"I remember him ... just being tough and a really tough guard, " Isaac recalled.

"And I was pleased for him that, you know, he had a new start, he had a fresh start, another opportunity".

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