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

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Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely after fracturing his left big toe, the team announced Sunday.

The Magic said Fultz was placed in a walking boot but would not need surgery. The team did not disclose a timeline for Fultz’s return, but the Orlando Sentinel reported that the former No. 1 draft pick will likely miss training camp.

Fultz, 24, suffered the injury during pre-season training, according to the team, which said his “return to play will depend on how he responds to rehabilitation and treatment.” He is the second key backcourt player to suffer an off-season injury for the Magic, which is also without Gary Harris (torn meniscus).

The 6-foot-4 Fultz has missed most of the past two seasons with a torn ACL suffered in January 2021. He missed nearly 14 months before returning to the Magic last February and has played 18 games, with an average of 10.8 points and 5.5 assists.

The 76ers’ first overall pick in 2017, Fultz averaged 10.9 points and 4.8 assists in 131 career games during five injury-plagued seasons with Philadelphia and Orlando. During his time with the Sixers, Fultz was slowed by a shoulder injury that was eventually diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome — a nerve issue 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 the Magic in December 2020. The Magic will hold their media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday.

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