Magic optimistic about Markelle Fultz’s future in Orlando, but won’t rush his return: ‘We’re going to do it right’

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The Orlando Magic took a gamble leading up to the trade deadline when they acquired Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite having a very strange tenure with the Sixers, the Magic are encouraged about what he can bring to the table. President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman was extremely ecstatic about the move and said that the "sky's the limit" as to what Fultz can do for the franchise. 

"I can definitely say it's a high reward. There's no question that it's a high reward," Weltman said. "Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 pick in the draft two years ago and it wasn't a fluke. I think the whole league had him there.

"So we believe that at 20 years old, the sky's the limit for him. And he's got all the ingredients, not just the physical abilities, to blossom."

The Magic, back in action on Saturday against the Bucks (9 p.m. ET — watch on fuboTV), surrendered a first-round pick (originally from the Oklahoma City Thunder), a second-round pick and Jonathon Simmons in the deal to acquire Fultz. The former top pick is currently sidelined after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which is an injury that deals with the nerves between the shoulder and neck. 

Fultz, out of action since Nov. 19, was averaging just 8.2 points in 19 games this season prior to the injury. It's been expected that Fultz will return to the court at some point this season for Orlando, but exactly when is still undetermined.

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