Former No. 1 whole draft pick Markelle Fultz is now a member of the Orlando Magic, and the Magic are excited to be the first crew to supply him a second chance.
The Magic need guards and Fultz needs a up to date start.
“He’s thrilled to be a part of the Magic and looking forward to getting down here and starting his journey with our team,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman knowledgeable the Orlando Sentinel. “Obviously you perceive he’s dealt with fairly a bit and I really feel he’s this as a up to date start. He’s truly excited about it.
“We had been trying for a possibility like this. We, like the remaining of the league, thought very extremely of Markelle on the  draft and we have been simply very blissful when it [trade] turned out to really be there for us to execute.”
Fultz has suffered a mysterious shoulder injury for the rationale that start of remaining season, shortly after the Philadelphia 76ers chosen him with the first pick. One issue is for positive: The 6-foot-4 guard certainly not slot in Philly.
With the Sixers shopping for the likes of Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and others for the rationale that start of the season, there was clearly no further room for Fultz and his makes an try to find a spot. The Magic despatched reserve forward Jonathon Simmons, a 2020 first-rounder and a 2019 second-rounder to the Sixers.
Fultz appeared in merely 14 video video games remaining season and 19 this yr. He is averaging a pedestrian 8.2 elements, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He hasn’t carried out since Nov. 19 after being recognized with a nerve problem in his correct shoulder.
Fultz’s agent talked about in December that he intends to play as soon as extra this season. The Magic hope that will be the case and that lastly, he lives as a lot because the earlier hype.
“The largest factor I feel when he will get right here is simply to sit down down and ensure now we have a good suggestion of what he feels his strengths and weaknesses are and the way he feels he performs greatest,” Magic coach Steve Clifford talked about.
“And then, like I mentioned, have some extra background work so we may give him our opinions. I am going to give him my opinion. That’s the way you begin to come to a spot the place he is snug and we’re snug.”