Still no timetable for a Markelle Fultz return in Orlando
On draft night, the Sixers traded the No. 24 and 33 picks to the Boston Celtics to select Washington guard, Mattise Thybulle. Reports point to the Sixers promising Thybulle that they would pick him if he made it to the 20's and the league, Boston specifically, caught wind of that. The Celtics went on to take Carsen Edwards at 33, a player that would have fit really well on the Sixers, right before Philadelphia's selection at 34 (which they ended up trading).
This trade brought a lot of people back to the 2016 NBA Draft. Trading up with Boston to draft a player from the University of Washington. Bryan Colangelo sent the No.3 pick and future first to Boston to acquire the No. 1 pick and select Washington's Markelle Fultz. At the time, Fultz was supposed to be the Sixers' missing piece, but a mysterious shoulder injury paired with some inner circle problems made Markelle's tenure in Philadelphia forgettable.
Fultz started games for the Sixers to begin the 2018-19 season, but as the season progressed, his shot issues got worse and he left the court in November and didn't return. Multiple specialist visits revealed a diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that affects the nerves that innervate the shoulder, arm and hand.
Philadelphia ended up trading Fultz to Orlando for Jonathon Simmons and a future first-round pick, ending the saga for the former No.1 overall pick in a Sixers uniform. Fultz never suited up for the Magic in the regular season and heading into July, Orlando still doesn't know when the 21-year-old will return to the court.
"He’s working extremely hard. He’s in good shape. His weight is good. His overall body-fat percentage is very good," Magic general manager John Hammond told 96.9 The Game "So, if you look at him, you say, “Wow, he looks great.” So, it’s just a matter of him just continuing to get more comfortable, continuing for him to get himself in a position where he’s ready to step on the floor and help us."
"And look, we have no idea when that’s going to be. We’re hoping much, much sooner than later. But once again, we’re trying to do this the best we can, and that’s have that word of patience."
In 33 career games, Fultz has posted averages of 7.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, shooting 41.4 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from beyond the arc.