The Celtics were able to turn Markelle Fultz into Jayson Tatum.
The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Markelle Fultz first overall less than two years ago.
The 20-year-old has been out indefinitely since November 19 while rehabbing from thoracic outlet syndrome. If it does not convey, the 76ers will receive second-round picks in the 2022 and 2023 draft.
Fultz has already been sidelined a total of 103 games in his National Basketball Association career dating back to last season. But, he also dealt with injuries as well as a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games. Fultz lost his starting spot in the rotation when the Sixers traded for Jimmy Butler.
It became increasingly clear that Fultz was not a part of those plans. NBA Now hosts Tom Downey & Harris Rubenstein break down every trade made at the 2019 NBA trade deadline today, February 7, 2019 - and discuss the news and NBA trade rumors surrounding every move that happened.
When I wrote about my idea Fultz trade scenario, a swap for Antonio Blakeney initially suggested by Bill Simmons; I hypothesized that the team should not only attempt to add a player who fits their win-now mode but also has a team friendly contract moving forward, and Markelle's nearly $10 million a year deal would have hampered their potential moves in July.
It might be somewhat obvious at this point, but the best way to characterize Fultz's future with the team might be "wait and see".
It's a calculated move for Orlando to pick up a player it evidently believes still has the potential to be a difference maker at a relatively low cost.