The year was 2016, and Isaac - a long-armed forward who was blossoming nearly daily with loads of talent of his own - faced off against the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Fultz. It's been well-documented that Fultz has barely played while Jayson Tatum has shown the potential to be a superstar with the Celtics. "To add a piece now, get ready for the playoffs and add some assets, a first-round pick and a high second-round pick, it just felt like the time to do it now". "He could shoot the ball, handle it, big body, athleticism. We know he fits great into our system and he'll do well".
"Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the draft two years ago, and it wasn't a fluke", Weltman said, via The Athletic.
The deal that shipped Fultz to the Orlando Magic brought back forward Jonathon Simmons, Oklahoma City's protected 2020 first-round draft pick and Cleveland's 2019 second-round choice. Brown admitted that, in recent weeks, he'd begun to wonder if things would ever work out for Fultz in Philadelphia. "He had a fresh start, another opportunity".
"We expected him to be back some time this season", Brand said after being asked about the decision to deal Fultz. After a hard rookie season, he's been sidelined since mid-November with a nerve condition in his shoulder and neck.
Still, Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman and GM John Hammond felt that Fultz's generational type of talent was too good to pass on.
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How would the franchise acquire its point guard of the future?
"We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, understanding everything he's dealing with and getting him through it, " Weltman said. "Getting him through that, it's our job organizationally - from the performance directors and the coaches - to put him in a spot to succeed. And however long that takes, that's how long it'll take".
"His size, his skill level, his vision, his competitiveness", Weltman said. "Those are the guys who can dominate games these days". Fultz showed signs of his defensive ability when he was playing for the Sixers earlier this season.
Fultz has shot just 41.4 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from 3-point range in 33 career games. The tournament MVP, of course, was Fultz, who was at his do-everything best as the squad's lead guard.
With Mohamed Bamba and Jonathan Isaac selected in the lottery in the 2018 and 2017 drafts respectively, Orlando have been desperate to add a young point guard.