One of the strangest stories in the NBA’s recent history took another turn on Thursday.
Markelle Fultz, the #1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has been traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Orlando Magic.
Fultz, selected out of the University of Washington, was meant to be one of the 76ers’ top pieces of their franchise after he was selected first overall.
However, a bizarre inability to shoot the basketball, which has been described as a result of a shoulder injury as well as a mental block, has meant that he has only appeared in 33 games for Philadelphia over the last two seasons.
Fultz has been out since November with thoracic outlet syndrome.
The Sixers were unable to find a definitive solution to Fultz’s ailment, and in the middle of a run at the top of then Eastern Conference, their patience with the young point guard ran out.
The Magic will give up Jonathon Simmons as well as a future first round and second round pick for Fultz.
Orlando hopes to find a solution to Fultz’s ailments and to restore him back to being one of the best basketball prospects in recent history.