76ers trade former number one overall pick Markelle Fultz to Orlando

The Markelle Fultz era in Philadelphia is over. The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Thursday that they have traded Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a 2020 protected first-round pick (via Oklahoma City) and a 2019 second-round pick.

Oklahoma City’s 2020 first-round pick is protected Nos. 1-20. If it does not convey in 2020, it becomes two Thunder second-round picks (2022 and 2023). The 2019 second-round pick will be the most favorable selection of Cleveland, Houston, Orlando, and Portland.

Fultz, 20,  was originally selected by Philadelphia with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. He appeared in 33 games (15 starts) over a season-plus, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. However, due to injury, Fultz was never able to have a successful run with the 76ers. In reality, Fultz needed a change of scenery. He is in a smaller market, and hopefully, he can get right.

The 29-year-old Simmons has appeared in 41 games (nine starts) with the Magic this season and is averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 20.6 minutes per contest.

 

 

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Scottie Pippen on Fultz: ‘I feel sorry for the young man’

Recently, the Philadelphia 76ers received some good news as the agent for Markelle Fultz told ESPN that the second-year guard would return this season after he was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome earlier this month. He has not played since November 21.

Fultz has been rehabbing his injury in Los Angeles, and the 20-year-old guard recently joined the team in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, but at this point, there is no timetable for his return, which was expected to be 3-to-6 weeks. Fultz will return to Los Angeles to finish up his rehab, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The 2017 number one overall pick has struggled with his shot since entering the league, and at this point according to Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, Fultz has been a bust.

“I hate to be the one to say this, but he’s been a bust for them,” Pippen recently said on ESPN’s The Jump. “It’s very obvious now that he’s not the player that they drafted. They realize that, and I’m sure they are not finding any takers for him, so I do think that this is the last of this young man that we will see probably in a Sixers uniform. I don’t know if they will have to eat his contract or what, but right now, his future just doesn’t look good. To be the top pick in the draft, and just not able to bring anything, no value to the game at all. I feel sorry for the young man, to be honest.”

I do think Fultz will play again for the 76ers. The team has invested too much into him to give up on him now. While I respect Pippen’s opinion, I think it’s way too early to call Fultz a bust. He’s been playing with an injured shoulder. Therefore, until he gets healthy, the jury is still out what Markelle Fultz will be as a player.

 

76ers announce update on Markelle Fultz

76ers G Markelle Fultz has recently completed a thorough series of consultations with specialists across several disciplines. Thoracic outlet syndrome, which involves compression or irritation in the thoracic outlet (area between lower neck and upper chest), was identified.

Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play.

Fultz, 20, will begin this physical therapy immediately, is out indefinitely, and further updates will be provided as appropriate.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Fultz is expected to miss three to six weeks. Fultz’s agent Raymond Brothers told ESPN that Fultz will rehab away from the team in Los Angeles.

The second-year player, on advice from his agent, has not played or practiced with the team in two weeks. He last played on November 19 in the Sixers 119-114 victory over the Suns.

Fultz, who was the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is averaging 8.2 PPG, 3.1 APG, 3.7 RPG in 19 games this season.

Walker on Fultz: ‘He’s got the skill set to play in the NBA, and can play 10, 15 years’

Philadelphia 76ers G Markelle Fultz has had a bizarre first two seasons in the NBA. As a rookie, Fultz missed 68 games with a shoulder injury, which some had speculated was the “yips.” Over the summer, Fultz worked with trainer Drew Hanlen to rebuild his jump shot, but so far this season, Fultz’s jump shot does not look much better, and according to reports, Fultz and Hanlen are no longer on speaking terms.

The story got even stranger on Tuesday when the team announced that the 20-year-old Fultz, on advice from his agent, will not play or practice with the team until he sees a specialist in New York City on Monday to look at his shoulder, and according to The Athletic, Fultz is also having his wrist examined and would prefer a move to a new team

While some believe the number one overall pick in 2017 NBA Draft could be a bust,  former NBA player Antoine Walker believes Fultz can play and thinks the second-year player’s issues are “mental.”

“It’s unfortunate. I’m going to give him time. He’s on a team where he can be bought time, especially with them acquiring Jimmy Butler, so they don’t need him right now,” Walker recently said on his SouthSide Heat podcast. “I feel bad for him. I think it’s mental;  I think it’s nothing to do with physical. I think his physical ability when healthy he’s got the skill set to play in the NBA and can play 10, 15 years. Whatever he got going on mentally with his shoulder, it’s something he’s going to have to try to figure out.

“Obviously, for his agent to call and tell the 76ers’ coach and GM that he’s going to take some time out to see a specialist, it’s obviously something Markelle is coming back to his agent and talking behind closed doors to him about. It’s a mental thing that he wants to see somebody else.”

I agree with Walker. Something is just not right, but I think it’s physical as well. Just watch his tape from college, he looks nothing like that guy right now. Fultz best position is point guard, and the 76ers have a point guard in Ben Simmons. Therefore, Fultz does not really fit in Philadelphia, especially with the addition of Jimmy Butler.

A change scenery might be what has to happen for Fultz to be the player many thought he would be coming out of Washington.

Philly fans do Fultz(SKOL) chant(WATCH)

The number one overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft is back!! 76ers G Markelle Fultz returned last night after missing 68 games with a shoulder injury.

The 19-year-old rookie did not disappoint.

In 14 minutes of action, Fultz’s stat line was the following: 10 pts, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds in the Sixers 123-104 victory over the Nuggets last night in Philadelphia.

Philly fans love to troll the Minnesota Vikings, and last night was no different.

Somehow ‘SKOL’ became ‘Fultz.’

Take a listen:

Markelle Fultz leaves summer league game with ankle injury

76ers guard and number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Markelle Fultz left Saturday night’s summer league game against the Warriors with what the 76ers called a left ankle sprain. Fultz was trying to block a shot by the Warriors’ Jabari Brown when he stepped on Brown’s foot and twisted his ankle.  The 19-year-old rookie had to be helped off the floor, and into the locker room. Fultz was unable to put any weight on the ankle.

The 76ers have had some bad luck with injuries with their draft picks over the years. In 2013, it was Nerlens Noel, who missed his rookie season due to injury; in 2014, it was Joel Embiid, who never played a game as a rookie due to injury, and last season it was Ben Simmons who never played a game as a rookie due to injury.  Hopefully, for 76ers’ fans Fultz won’t miss any extended time.

A lot of fingers crossed in Philly!

 

Kevin Durant mocks 76ers’ “FEDS” nickname(VIDEO)

Things are looking up for the Philadelphia 76ers! The days of “tanking” are over, and now it’s time for the harvest. After drafting Washington’s Markelle Fultz with the number one overall pick on Thursday, 76ers C Joel Embiid went to Twitter to announce the new nickname for 4 members of the team. They came up with “FEDS,” which stands for (Markelle) Fultz, (Joel) Embiid, Dario (Saric), and (Ben) Simmons.

Warriors star Kevin Durant gave his take on the nickname “FEDS”

KD probably has a point!

You agree with KD?

 

 

 

 

Report: 76ers get number one pick from Celtics; Deal to be finalized on Monday

Update: According to Adrian Wojnarowski, here is how the trade breaks down between the Celtics and 76ers. The deal will not be finalized until Monday, according to the report. 

Philadelphia: Gets number one overall pick from Boston in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Celtics:  Number three overall pick in the 2017 draft, 2018 first-round pick that the Los Angeles Lakers owe the 76ers, which is protected from numbers 2-5. If that pick does not convey, Philadelphia will send a 2019 first-round pick from the Sacramento Kings to Boston.

With the number one overall pick, the 76ers are expected to take Washington’s Markelle Fultz, who met with the team on Saturday.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers are in serious trade talks for the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.  According to Woj, Boston would acquire the Sixers number three overall pick in 2017, and package to include future first-round pick from Philadelphia in exchange for the number one overall pick.

With the number one pick, the 76ers would draft Washington’s Markelle Fultz. Fultz could be on his way to Philadelphia to meet with the 76ers as early as Saturday, according to the report.

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Why the Boston Celtics should be proud of what happened in 2017

In reality, the Boston Celtics really did not have much of a chance to beat Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals. Even with a healthy Isaiah Thomas (ruled out for the playoffs w/ hip injury), Boston is not talented enough to dethrone King James and the Cavaliers. However, no matter what happens the rest of the way against Cleveland, this season has been a success for the Celtics. First, you have found a star in Isaiah Thomas. Next, you had the best record in the Eastern Conference, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Finally, you have the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and with the way things are going in Brooklyn, you might get another lottery pick in 2018. 

While Isaiah Thomas has proven to be a star, the C’s need more. Can you win a championship when your best player is 5’9? It is very difficult to build around a player that small. Ultimately, Thomas broke down when the Celtics needed him the most. Now, Boston has to figure out how to get to the next level.  Do you stand pat at one and take Markelle Fultz, or do you trade the pick, and try to put together a package to get Jimmy Butler or Paul George? Butler or George brings you closer to Cleveland. If you have an opportunity get George or Butler, you have to give it some serious thought. On the other hand, maybe you keep the pick and try to get soon to be free agent Gordon Hayward this summer. Hayward and Celtics coach Brad Stevens obviously have that Butler connection.  Maybe that connection could be enough to bring Hayward to Boston. According to The Vertical, Boston is expected to go hard after the 27-year-old Hayward in free agency. Obviously, bringing in Hayward and Fultz brings the Celtics much closer to Cleveland as well. 

Anytime you have the best record in the Eastern Conference, advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, and have the number one overall pick in the draft, your season is a success. Nevertheless, sometimes that next step is the hardest step. 

 

 

 

Like father, like son? Lonzo Ball: ‘Markelle’s a great player, but I feel I’m better than him’

I guess Lonzo Ball is a chip off the old block.  We know his dad LaVar likes to talk, but now Lonzo doing the talking.  Ball told ESPN 710 LA that he is better than Washington’s Markelle Fultz:

“Markelle’s a great player, but I feel I’m better than him.” I think I can lead a team better than him,” Ball added. “Obviously he’s a great scorer — he’s a great player, so I’m not taking that away from him.”

I like the kid’s confidence. He should think he is better, but he probably should show a little bit of humility.