The Magic Center Wendell has agreed to a four-year, 50 million contract extension for Carter Jr., Anthony Fields of Vanguard Sports Group told Shams Charania of The Athletics (Twitter link). According to Charania, the deal will be fully confirmed.
Carter, 22, was selected by the Bulls with the seventh pick of the 2018 draft. Although he showed commitment during his two-and-a-half years in Chicago, Carter struggled with injuries and did not significantly increase his rookie-year production in his second and third seasons.
The blockbuster deal sent to Nikola Vusevic deals with the big man in Orlando by the 2021 trade deadline In Chicago. He pulled off the work of the early center of magic and averaged 11.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG and 1.6 APG in 22 games (26.5 MPG).
In this offseason it was not clear whether Magic was ready to make a long-term commitment to Carter or whether they wanted to see more from him in 2021-22. Orlando seems to have answered that question, following the same path as Carter did with Jonathan Isaac a year ago. And Merkel Fultz, both of whom signed multi-year Rookie Scale extensions that kept them away from the limited free-agent market in 2021.
Isaac received about 20 20 million more than Carter’s own four-year extension. Fultz’s contract was worth ৫০ 50 million, but only for three years. Compared to Carter’s most recent four-year, $ 50 million contract – which will take effect in 2022-23 – this extension Robert Williams signed with the Celtics earlier this off season. Williams will earn 48 48 million in four years, with 6 6 million to be found in further incentives.
17 players are still eligible For a rookie-scale extension before Monday’s deadline, Carter joins Luca Donsi, Trey Young, Shy Gilgius-Alexander, Michael Porter Jr. and Williams in this year’s class.
Diendre Ayton, Mikal Bridge, Colin Sexton, and Jaren Jackson Jr. is among the remaining extension candidates to be seen in the coming days. Carter’s fellow magic centers, Mohammed Bamba, one of the qualifiers for the Rookie Extension, but is considered less likely to sign one.