Aaron Gordon believes Markelle Fultz can be an impact player for the Orlando Magic, describing the NBA's former number one pick as a "monster".

Fultz has yet to play for Orlando after Orlando acquired him from the Philadelphia 76ers in early February in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks.

Injuries and shooting issues have plagued Fultz since he was drafted first by the 76ers in the 2017 draft.

But Gordon believes the 21-year-old guard has a chance to be a difference maker.

"[Fultz] is a sleeper," Gordon told SiriusXM NBA Radio. "If he wakes up and if he's awake and woken up, he's a monster. A monster. People are sleeping on him. That's what I mean by, 'He's a sleeper'. People are sleeping on him. He's going to be huge for our team."

Fultz began his career with high expectations after he was selected by the 76ers two years ago. However, he has dealt with injuries and a hitch in his jump shot over the last two seasons, which have limited him to 33 total games.

"[Fultz's] working hard, he's made great progress," Magic head coach Steve Clifford told SiriusXM earlier this month. "You know, right now we don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a great job."

Fultz said in March he is focusing on getting 100 per cent healthy.

"Get right, and everything will take care of itself," Fultz told The Athletic at the time. "Nobody here is rushing me. Everybody here is just open to me getting right and healthy first."

The Magic finished last season with a 42-40 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. They fell to eventual champions the Toronto Raptors in five games in the first round.

Orlando re-signed Terrence Ross and Nikola Vucevic this offseason and they also inked Al-Farouq Aminu to a three-year deal.

The Magic also selected former Auburn forward Chuma Okeke with 16th pick in the 2019 draft.

Gordon, 23, averaged 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Magic in 2018-19. He has spent his entire five-year career in Orlando and signed a new four-year, $84million contract with the team in July 2018.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown expressed his sadness with Markelle Fultz's trade to the Orlando Magic.

The 76ers moved on from 2017 number one NBA draft pick Fultz on Thursday after dealing the 20-year-old to the Magic.

Fultz had a tumultuous time in Philadelphia where he dealt with a hitch in his jump shot, injuries and a fair amount of underachievement.

Despite a lot of the negativity surrounding Fultz, Brown lamented the guard's exit from Philadelphia.

"I'd be lying if I didn't [say I felt] sad," Brown told reporters before Friday's clash with the Denver Nuggets.

"And it was two emotions I felt, sad personally, selfishly I suppose that I never really felt like I got a chance to coach him. I never really felt like the city got a chance to see him. I felt sad for that.

"And I was pleased for him that, you know, he had a new start, he had a fresh start, another opportunity."

Fultz has been sidelined since November 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December. He is averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists in 19 appearances in 2018-19.

The 76ers acquired Jonathan Simmons in the deal for Fultz along with a couple of draft picks and now have one of the more formidable line-ups in the Eastern Conference.

 

Orlando Magic president Jeff Weltman believes the "sky's the limit" for Markelle Fultz following his arrival from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Former number one NBA draft pick Fultz was traded to the Magic by the 76ers on Thursday.

Fultz, who was acquired by the Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks – has struggled with his shooting, form and injuries since he was taken first in 2017.

The 20-year-old has been out since November 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December. He is averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists in 19 appearances in 2018-19.

However, Weltman and the Magic still think Fultz can reach his potential in Orlando.

"Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the draft two years ago, and it wasn't a fluke," Weltman said. "I think the whole league had him there. So, we believe that, at 20 years old, the sky's the limit for him."

"His ceiling is exceptionally high," Weltman added. "I think he's a 20-year-old player with tremendous potential and I feel confident in saying the league looks at him that way, not just us."

Fultz has shot just 41.4 per cent from the field and 26.7 per cent from three-point range in 33 career games.

"We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him and understanding everything that he's dealing with," Weltman said. "Getting him through that, it's our job organisationally – from the performance directors and the coaches – to put him in a spot to succeed. However long that takes, that's how long it will take."

The Philadelphia 76ers have moved on from Markelle Fultz after trading the former number one pick to the Orlando Magic.

Philadelphia dealt 2017 top pick Fultz to the Magic for Jonathon Simmons and a first- and second-round pick, the 76ers announced on Thursday.

Fultz was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in December and has not played since November 19. There is no timetable for his return to the court.

The 20-year-old has averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his 19 appearances in 2018-19.

Fultz was the top pick in the 2017 draft and began his career with high expectations. But has dealt with injuries and a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games.

"[Former Magic coach] Stan [Van Gundy] used to always say, and I'd never heard it before he said it, but it's such a great point, but he said, 'When you start trading away pretty-good players, you can make your team a lot worse,'" Magic head coach Steve Clifford said.

"I think that happens all the time. You watch a guy, you watch a guy and there's something you don't like about him and then two weeks later you say, 'Oh [snap], this guy isn't as good as that guy was.' What's the old adage, 'A lot of times the best trades are the ones you never make.' That's a good point and I'd agree with that."

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and we are still recovering.

MLB finally made a move and the NHL did not stay silent on the trade front either.

This was a very eventful week in US Sports.

 

1. Trade deadline features big surprises, expected stays

The NBA trade deadline is always an adventure and Thursday's was no exception.

All but seven teams made some kind of deal before the deadline and some really big names moved while others stayed put.

Marc Gasol went to the Toronto Raptors, Nikola Mirotic found a new home via the Milwaukee Bucks and Markelle Fultz is on his way to the Orlando Magic. But it was Anthony Davis staying put which is truly the news of the day.

Davis' agent Rich Paul told ESPN he would not re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans and preferred to be traded in January. New Orleans have yet to deal him though, so now the attention turns to the offseason when the Boston Celtics can and will get in on the discussion.

 

2. The hot stove finally heats up

A move has finally been made in MLB's offseason.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins for Sixto Sanchez, Jorge Alfaro, a minor-league pitcher and international slot money.

Miami have now traded their four best players from two seasons ago and are in complete rebuild mode.

 

3. Predators acquire Brian Boyle, Cody McLeod

With the NHL's announcement that Austin Watson would be suspended indefinitely, the Nashville Predators knew they needed some help with their depth so they went out and made a move.

The Predators acquired forward Brian Boyle from the New Jersey Devils and Cody McLeod from the New York Rangers.

Nashville are three points back of the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Central Division and a matchup with a wild-card team come playoff time.

This could be the move that puts them over the top, or at least one which could be the difference in winning the division.

 

4. Kyler Murray invited to NFL combine

The biggest question coming into this year's NFL Draft is what Kyler Murray is going to do.

We got a small answer on Thursday as he was invited to the NFL combine which starts in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 26.

This does not necessarily mean he will choose football over baseball, as he was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft as well and must decide whether to report to spring training next week, but it does bring him one step closer to choosing the NFL.

 

5. Zion Williamson takes on Virginia

Zion Williamson is turning into the de facto number one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but before he gets there he has to finish out his college season with Duke.

The second-ranked Blue Devils travel to Virginia to take on the third-ranked Cavaliers on Saturday.

Duke won the first matchup of the two teams by four points, but did so in North Carolina. A matchup in Virginia is going to be a tough challenge.

Markelle Fultz may not be back on the court this season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 20-year-old guard has been out since November 19 and was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome earlier this month.

General manager Elton Brand told reporters on Saturday there is no timetable for Fultz's return, and the team are not sure if he will play again in 2018-19.

"I can't say right now," he said.

Brand said Fultz is going through physical therapy and is not participating in basketball activities.

Fultz has averaged 8.2 points and 3.1 assists in 19 appearances in 2018-19.

Fultz was the top pick in the 2017 draft and began his career with high expectations. But he also dealt with injuries that caused a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games.

The second-year guard has shot just 41.4 per cent from the field and 26.7 per cent from three-point range in 33 career games.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has been ruled out indefinitely after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. 

Former number one draft pick Markelle Fultz will start the Philadelphia 76ers' NBA opener against the Boston Celtics.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown confirmed guard Fultz – selected first in the 2017 Draft – will be

Markelle Fultz believes he is the Philadelphia 76ers' third star player amid speculation regarding disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler. 

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is ready for the regular season following an interrupted NBA campaign in 2017-18.

Fultz, 20, struggled with injuries and a hitch in his jump-shot as a rookie last season. 

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has been working on his jump shot during the offseason, and it appears to be fixed. 

Fultz's new and improved jumper was revealed in a Players' Tribune video published on Thursday. 

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