Magic’s Markelle Fultz suffers season-ending ACL injury vs. Cavaliers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz has suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fultz was injured at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

This is a tough blow for Fultz. He is in the final year of his rookie contract.

Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat
Markelle Fultz dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat (Photo by Markelle Fultz/Instagram)

He appeared to be having a break through season when he suffered this season-ending injury. His season is over after just seven games.

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In Fultz’s spot, Cole Anthony started for the Magic in the second half.

“If anybody can handle this, it’s ‘Kelle,” Magic teammate Terrence Ross said to Magic.com. “He got the heart of a lion. He’s super talented. He’s always positive. I know he’ll be able to handle this and we all got his back. We’ll all be here for him. Be a part of that family and make sure he’s good. You hate to see this, especially for a guy that already fought through so much and then came back and was balling. And now this.

“But, it’s just one of those things. It’s going to make you stronger. He’s going to come back from it. I have no doubt.”

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While Fultz is in the final year of his contract, he signed a contract extension with the Magic last month. He signed a three-year, $50 million deal.

He has appeared in eight games this season. In his final game of the season, he scored three points against the Cavaliers.

“Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this time,” Fultz said on Twitter. “God has a plan for me and I know that this adversity will only make me stronger in the end. I believe in my brothers on this team and we have so much more to prove. To all the fans, keep riding with us. I’m going to approach this recovery with all my heart and be the best teammate I can be to this organization. Faithful to the grind.”

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