Magic Exercise 2020/21 Options On Fultz, Isaac, Bamba

The Magic have exercised their rookie scale team options for the 2020/21 season on a trio of young players, the team announced today in a press release. Orlando picked up its fourth-year options on Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac, along with its third-year option on Mohamed Bamba.

The decisions on Isaac and Bamba don’t come as a surprise. Isaac had a promising sophomore season, averaging 9.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.3 BPG while playing a key part in Orlando’s second-half defensive surge. His cap hit for the 2020/21 season will be $7,362,566.

Bamba, meanwhile, didn’t get a chance to play much in his rookie season after being selected sixth overall in the 2018 draft, as a tibia fracture sidelined him for most of the second half. However, third-year options are rarely turned down and Bamba’s $5,969,040 cap charge for ’20/21 is a very reasonable price as the Magic continue to see what they have in the young center.

The most notable decision here is the one on Fultz, whose fourth-year option is much pricier ($12,288,697) since he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2017. The young point guard still hasn’t appeared in a single game for the Magic since being acquired in a deadline deal last February. However, exercising his option signals that the team likes the progress he has made in his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome.

Fultz is now the only Magic point guard under contract beyond this season. D.J. Augustin is in the final year of his contract, while Michael Carter-Williams is on a one-year deal.

In total, the option decisions increase the Magic’s projected 2020/21 team salary by over $25MM, reducing the team’s chances of creating any cap room next summer. Orlando now has more than $101MM in guaranteed money on its books for ’20/21, which doesn’t include Evan Fournier‘s $17.15MM player option. The cap is projected to come in at $116MM.

Teams have until October 31 to exercise rookie scale team options for 2020/21. Our tracker can be found right here.

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7 thoughts on “Magic Exercise 2020/21 Options On Fultz, Isaac, Bamba

  1. phillyballers

    Wow, Magic are dumb. How.did they get fooled by Fultz without even seeing him on the court?? Bigger thief than Sam Bradford.

    • mcmillankmm

      Well they have to make the decision by the end of October….so they most likely wouldn’t have seen enough for a full look any way

    • IslandFlava

      You see in the article it says how they seem to like the progress that he has made. Once he is healthy (if ever) Fultz is gonna be a star, shame Philly couldn’t keep him, but they are in win now mode not developing, so Orlando is a much better place for him right now. Also he can easily debunk Augustin but never would he have gone ahead of Simmons, so is a win win for everybody, just hope he can show how good he is one day.

  2. harden-westbrook-mvps

    At least they let Dwight Howard go at just the right now.

  3. @nbabrothers

    I still don’t understand how Carmelo Anthony hasn’t been signed yet by a team like the Nets who could use his scoring off the bench for about 15-20 minutes per game.

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