Magic’s Fultz says goal is to play in preseason opener

Former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz is beginning his first full season with the Magic.

Any news regarding Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz and his progress is fairly big news, especially when it comes to when Fultz will play.

Well, that day is near.

As relayed by Josh Robbins of The Athletic, Fultz hopes to suit up and take the court in the Magic’s preseason opener, Saturday at the San Antonio Spurs.

Fultz was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 1 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 timne and it’s new terrain, but for now there are no restrictions.”

Fultz is 6-foot-4 guard 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 coach Steve Clifford, losing in the first round to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors.