Markelle Fultz is back in the news – this time, for good reason. The Magic Magic announced Monday that they will choose Fultz's contract option for the 2020-21 season, which did – since there was no one there. 1 Overall pick in draft 2017 – is intended to pay $ 12.3 million. To date Fultz has only played 33 career games, after being injured by mysterious injuries on his shoulder. The 2020-21 season is the last year of its rookie deal.
Video for NBA players fills out our timelines during the summer, but this Fultz camp is quiet. As the Magic traded for Fultz at the trade deadline earlier this year, he is out of full news and is probably working to return to court. Fultz did not play one game with Orlando last season and had no updates other than traffic from the main artist Steve Clifford, said in an interview at the summer series that Fultz was “not ready” for 5-on-5 cases yet and there was no timeline to return it.
And yet, we're here. The Magic didn't even wait until the Fultz training camp remained locked for other seasons (the deadline for the choice is October). Bobby Marks by ESPN picked out Orlando was more than the cap regardless of whether they had the choice out or not, and this is certainly a vote of confidence in Fultz's progress. It is also a sign that Orlando is reliant on its own development team (one official official of mine pointed out that Becky Bonner, who hired the Magic in 2017 as a development director of players, is well known for her out-of-court development,). 39 may be helpful to Fultz).
The Magic described the continuation of this season by renewing their anchor in Nikola Vucevic, the sixth Terrence Ross man, and a surprise to Khem Birch, as well as adding a playoff experience in Al-Farouq Aminu; it is clear that they want to be a real competitor. The heart of the young players is interesting in Aaron Gordon, Mo Bamba, and Jonathan Isaac at Orlando, and a jump from at least one of these three will be needed this season to go from the edges to the center of the fun picture. . Of particular note is this deal for Fultz at this stage of his franchise: They must be thinking that he will be able to provide this season and the next to make sense of this discussion.
The immediate point of the guard for the Magic now has little strength; D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams are Fultz's companions at the stage. If Fultz is able to return at least half of the top-point form, he could break the Orlando rotation. Otherwise, the Magic could pay $ 12 million to sit on the bench – and it could be from the series after that.
The Fultz saga has combed several times, and somehow the whole thing is not clear. But maybe there's something we don't know the Magic. The ones that look at Fultz's progress right away are probably the rest of the world of basketball in a “wait and see” mode. Choosing this option may not be a major risk for the franchise, and they brought up the first and second round for Fultz, after all), but it is a big money that sends a message to the part other of the league and with Fultz himself: Orlando believes in it. Meanwhile, Fultz took Twitter after the news came out and wrote one of his first tweets ever since:
One of the latest retweets of Fultz is emphasize a combination of his best plays in Washington. It is three years from the single college season, but it looks like hundreds of years ago.