Orlando Magic GM Has No Idea When Markelle Fultz Will Play

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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.”

Full audio after the jump:

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?

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  • Tiger Beat Truther June 25, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Are user comments permitted?

    • I love Russ June 25, 2019 at 4:04 pm

      Russ would never allow that. He gets butt hurt too easily. Constantly pulling comments down. I’ve seen him revise posts and remove comments multiple times. He can’t take the heat.

      • Tiger Beat Truther June 25, 2019 at 8:33 pm

        Those don’t sound like lovable traits to me, but fair enough.

  • Lunatic June 25, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    De’Aaron Fox was the pick to make offer that pussy. I’m not second guessing, I was first guessing during that college basketball season. He had a waaaaaayyy better year in college than Fultz. Somehow, everybody glossed over Fox’s speed.

    • Sarcastic onion June 25, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      Yeah you’re smarter than the 4 GM’s that passed on him. We got it.

  • TS June 25, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    could this be the worst #1 overall pick ever?

    • Larue Martin June 25, 2019 at 6:38 pm


  • who cares June 25, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    does this under cover brother play for the sixers anymore?

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    • Tiger Beat Truther June 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Does CB allow links in comments? Show me the proof.

  • Guesty McGuest June 25, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Trading Fultz was a cynch to make.

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    • Tiger Beat Truther June 25, 2019 at 1:58 pm

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      • Serge Matthews June 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

        They came out to swap tanks and then they screwed my wife! Took turns!

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          Sounds lit

  • Eagleye5 June 25, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    How many years until the Fultz 30 for 30?

  • Wrongness Maximus June 26, 2019 at 3:18 am

    It’s a least nice that he sucks as bad after leaving Philly as he did while he was here. Every since the sixers dug up and signed the corpse of andruw bynum, it has been one shit show after another.
    He did at least pose with a jersey he would never wear.

    PAs always, fuck Hinkie. (Yeah, I know he didn’t have anything to do with either one of these – but fuck him anyway).

  • Corpely.com August 21, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Orlando acquired Fultz from Philadelphia last season, but he has yet to play in a game for the Magic, as he is working his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome and a shoulder injury.

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