Fultz has been sidelined since November 19 after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that affects the nerves between the neck and shoulder.
Fultz began his career with high expectations. By securing the two draft picks, Brand didn't abandon the Sixers' future. Any remorse at this point was worth throwing out, and both Fultz and the Sixers should benefit from moving in different directions.
Fifteen or so minutes before the NBA trade deadline, just when you started to think the Sixers might have made a decision to keep Markelle Fultz and trust that the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft would one day be back on a basketball court and resemble the dynamic, smooth-shooting player he was at the University of Washington, the news broke. Simmons is mostly a bench player, so recouping the draft picks will be big for Philly. The protected first-rounder will come from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Redick, Tobias Harris, or Jimmy Butler, as they will all be in line for new deals.
Asked when the team expected Fultz to play, Jeff Weltman, Orlando's president of basketball operations, said: "We're going to do it right, we're not going to do it fast".
After the Harris trade, the Sixers are clearly in "win now" mode, so it would make sense for them to deal Fultz to a team that values him...
Eleven-year veteran D.J. Augustin is the current starting point guard in Orlando. Fultz was the only player in the country to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Fultz, on the other hand, will have an opportunity to revitalize his career down in Orlando, a team desperate for a point guard that has virtually no chance of making the playoffs this season, even after coming out to a hot start.