Wendell Carter Jr has reached an agreement with the Orlando Magic on a four-year, $50 million contract extension, which is fully guaranteed, according to Shams Charania from The Athletic. He is the sixth player from the 2018 NBA Draft that receives a contract extension
Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. has agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension — fully guaranteed — with the franchise, VP Basketball Operations Anthony Fields of Vanguard Sports Group told @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 15, 2021
Carter Jr played 22 games for the Magic last season after being traded by the Bulls in order to acquire All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. On the court, he averaged 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 26.5 minutes per game.
Currently, the Magic looks to develop both Carter Jr and Mo Bamba to create a duo in the paint. The one obstacle, health. Carter Jr has struggled to stay on the court since his rookie season where he barely played 44 games and in his second season he played 43. Mo Bamba has a similar track record.
Despite the health issues, Carter Jr provides the Magic a versatile defender and has shown the ability to score every once in a while like in his revenge game against the Bulls with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, and one block to give the Magic the win that night.