Report: Markelle Fultz, Magic agree to three-year extension


Magic guard and DMV native Markelle Fultz has signed a three-year, $50 million extension to remain in Orlando, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Last season, his first with the Magic, Fultz appeared in 72 games with 60 starts. The guard averaged a career-high in points (12.2), assists (5.1) field goal percentage (46.5%) and free throw percentage (73.0%), turning around his career after two injury-riddled seasons with Philadelphia.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz had been labeled a bust by many after playing in just 33 games for the 76ers over his first two seasons before being dealt to Orlando. The 22-year-old's shooting form became a topic of conversation, as it contained an unorthodox hitch and looked drastically different from when he starred at the University of Washington.

Since being traded to Orlando, Fultz has shown plenty of improvement to his game. Signing him to a three-year extension shows Orlando's faith in the guard moving forward as one of the team's core pieces, along with Jonathan Isaac -- who just signed a hefty extension of his own -- and Aaron Gordon.

Fultz grew up in Prince George's County, Md., and starred at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., just outside of the Washington border. He was teammates with Washington Football Team rookie Chase Young at DeMatha, and the two remain close friends.