NBA commerce deadline: Magic imagine ‘sky's the restrict’ for newly acquired Markelle Fultz

The Magic have excessive hopes for Markelle Fultz.

Orlando thinks the 20-year-old can nonetheless attain his potential regardless of his early struggles, president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman informed reporters Thursday shortly after the crew traded for the guard.

“Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 choose within the draft two years in the past, and it wasn’t a fluke,” Weltman stated, by way of The Athletic. “I feel the entire league had him there. So, we imagine that, at 20 years outdated, the sky is the restrict for him.”

Orlando acquired Fultz from the 76ers in change for ahead Jonathon Simmons and two draft picks.

“His ceiling is exceptionally excessive,” Weltman stated. “I feel he’s a 20-year-old participant with super potential and I really feel assured in saying the league seems to be at him that means, not simply us.’’

Fultz has been out since Nov. 19 and was identified with thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-December. He’s averaging 8.2 factors and three.1 assists in 19 appearances in 2018-19.

Fultz started his profession with excessive expectations. However, he additionally handled accidents in addition to a hitch in his soar shot throughout his rookie season, which restricted him to 14 video games.

“We look ahead to getting him in right here, getting our arms round him and understanding every little thing that he’s coping with,” Weltman stated. “Getting him by that, it’s our job organizationally – from the efficiency administrators and the coaches – to place him in a spot to succeed. Nevertheless lengthy that takes, that’s how lengthy it is going to take.’’

Fultz has shot simply 41.four % from the sector and 26.7 % from 3-point vary in 33 profession video games.

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