Magic guard Fultz is a go for preseason opener, Clifford says

Magic guard Markelle Fultz was drafted by the 76ers with the first overall pick in 2017.

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz will play in the Orlando Magic’s preseason opener at the San Antonio Spurs, coach Steve Clifford told reporters.

Fultz is a 6-foot-4 guard and said earlier this week that he was feeling healthy and was hoping to play.

He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick in 2017, but a lingering and mysterious shoulder injury has kept him sidelined for most of his first two seasons in the league. The 76ers traded him to the Magic in February.

“We don’t have any restrictions in place (for Fultz) right now,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman recently said, via the team’s website. “Obviously, he hasn’t been through this in a long time and it’s new terrain, but for now there are no restrictions.”

Fultz was sidelined for the majority of his rookie season, appearing in just 14 games. Things weren’t much better last year, as he made just 19 appearances.

“It’s going great. I’m feeling really good. I’m happy. I’m blessed,” he said in March. “As I’m going forward, I’m just sticking with the plan and just going through rehab.”

The Magic made the playoffs last season, their first under Clifford, losing in the first round to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors.

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