Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with fractured toe, won’t need surgery

Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely after sustaining a broken left big toe, the team announced Sunday.

According to The Magic, Fultz was put into a hiking boot but does not need surgery. The team didn’t announce a timeline for Fultz’s return, but the Orlando Sentinel reported that the former No. 1 overall draft pick is likely to miss training camp.

Fultz, 24, suffered the injury during a preseason training session, according to the team, who said his “return to the game will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation and treatment.” He is the second major backcourt to injure the offseason for the Magic, who are also without Gary Harris (torn meniscus).

The 6-foot-4 Fultz missed most of the last two seasons due to a cruciate ligament rupture in January 2021. He missed nearly 14 months before returning to Magic last February, appearing in 18 games averaging 10.8 points and 5, 5 assists up.

Fultz, the 76ers’ No. 1 overall pick in 2017, has averaged 10.9 points and 4.8 assists in 131 career games over five injury-plagued seasons with Philadelphia and Orlando. While with the Sixers, Fultz was slowed down by a shoulder injury that was eventually diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome – a nerve problem that also affected his right arm and hand.

Fultz is entering the second season of a three-year, $50 million contract extension he signed with Magic in December 2020. The Magic will hold their media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday.

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34662237/orlando-magic-markelle-fultz-indefinitely-fractured-toe-need-surgery Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with fractured toe, won’t need surgery

Emma Bowman

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