It looks like the Magic have their future point guard for the next few years. Markelle Fultz has officially reached an extension with the Orlando Magic. He will be locked in with them for the next three years on a $50 million deal. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to break the news on Twitter:
Markelle Fultz has agreed to a three-year, $50 million extension with Orlando, his agent Raymond Brothers of @RocNationSports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 21, 2020
Fultz has been on a very long journey to get to this point. Going into the 2017 NBA draft, Fultz was seen as a future star to come when he touched down in the NBA. The 76ers picked him with the number one pick and morale was high. However, things changed when injuries to his ankle and shoulder made him miss a detrimental amount of time. After two years with the team, the 76ers decided to cut ties with Futz and traded him to Orlando. He only played 33 games with them. Stephen A. Smith and Scottie Pippen were already labeling him a “bust”.
Miraculously, Fultz’s game made an improvement when he went down to Florida. In his first full season, he averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 assists and shot 46 percent from the field. Alongside recent draft pick Cole Anthony, the Magic might have a backcourt they can build around for years to come. The signing shows that the front office and the organization believes in Fultz’s ability to still become a star in this league. Fultz is only 22, so he has a long career to go.