I know I shouldn’t care about how Markelle Fultz’s career in Orlando is going, but the occasional update isn’t a bad thing. Orlando Magic GM John Hammond appeared on 96.9 The Game and was asked about Fultz’s Summer League availability:
“He will not play in summer league with us. We didn’t think there was any way that he was going to do that. We didn’t plan on him doing that. So, probably not the place for him right now.”
He then went on to say:
“…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.
Patience you say?
“We want to have patience with him and get him ready and put him on the court when he can be most productive.”
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Shocked. SHOCKED I say. Now look, I think after the verbal beating the Sixers’ front office -especially GM Elton Brand- took following the team’s decision to trade up in the draft with the Boston Celtics to draft another guard from Washington, they deserved a bit of a hat tip for one good deal. When Elton Brand pulled the trigger to deal Fultz to Orlando for the recently-departed Jonathan Simmons, a Top-20 protected first-round pick in 2020 (via OKC), and a Cleveland Cavaliers second-round pick, there were plenty of Sixers fans who questioned the return, specifically the failure to acquire an impact bench guard like Terrence Ross or another first round pick from Orlando.
How about now. Do you miss the circus?