The Orlando Magic have announced (via a press release on Twitter) that the contract options on Markelle Fultz, Jonathan Isaac, and Mohamed Bamba have been exercised. All three players are now officially signed with the organization through the 2020-21 season.
Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman made the official announcement Monday afternoon.
Isaac (21), Orlando’s lottery selection from the 2017 draft (sixth overall), has appeared in 102 games with the Magic over his first two NBA seasons. The organization opted to exercise the fourth-year option on Isaac’s rookie contract coming after a sophomore season in which the forward averaged 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 assists. Isaac made 64 starts for the Magic (26.6 MPG) in ‘18-’19.
Bamba (21), who was also selected sixth overall by the Magic (‘18 NBA Draft), appeared in 47 games during his rookie season (averaged 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks) in 2018-19. A left leg injury (tibia fracture) sidelined Orlando’s rookie center for the final three months of the regular season (and playoffs). The organization opted to exercise the third-year option on the Harlem-native’s rookie-scale contract after ranking third among all NBA rookies in blocked shots.
Fultz (21), the former first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was acquired by the Magic from the Philadelphia 76ers last February at the NBA’s Trade Deadline. The third-year guard has yet to appear in a game for the Magic, but did appear in 19 games (15 starts) for Philadelphia last season. In 33 career games (over two seasons), Fultz has averaged 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.
Orlando chose to exercise Fultz’s fourth-year option on his rookie-contract despite the health uncertainty that surrounds the former DeMatha High School star. The lead guard was diagnosed in late ‘18 with thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), a rare nerve disorder that has manifested itself in his neck/shoulder area.
“Mo, Markelle, and Jonathan have each demonstrated a strong work ethic, while exhibiting a commitment to team values,” said Weltman.
“We look forward to exciting futures with them as part of the Magic family.”
The terms of their exercised options were not disclosed by the organization. According to Basketball Insiders (Eric Pincus), Fultz will make a base salary of $12.29 million (in ‘20-’21), Isaac a base salary of $7.36 million (in ‘20-’21), and Bamba a base salary of $5.97 million (in ‘20-’21).