Six potential free-agent replacements for Markelle Fultz

Following the devastating injury to Markelle Fultz, the Orlando Magic – 6-2 on the season and sitting second in the East – will be without their starting point guard for the rest of the campaign, with just a rookie in Cole Anthony to replace him, as well as their two two-way players, Jordan Bone and Karim Bane, at the point-guard rotation. This tough situation could lead to the Magic perusing the free-agent market in search of more depth at the point guard position. Of course, it won’t be that simple, as Orlando has a full roster with all guaranteed contracts right now, meaning they can’t just sign a player without waiving someone who has guaranteed money on their deal. Maybe the team decides to stand pat and use Michael Carter-Williams as lead ball-handler, a position he used to play more often before joining the Magic. On the other hand, there’s a good chance Orlando, down two starters and a third rotational piece (Al-Farouq Aminu) to major injuries, applies for and is granted a hardship exception, which would allow them to sign a point guard right away. If that does turn out to be the case, there are a few very interesting free agents available at the moment who the Magic could look at to give them another experienced lead guard. We break down six such names below.

Six potential free-agent replacements for Markelle Fultz

Following the devastating injury to Markelle Fultz, the Orlando Magic – 6-2 on the season and sitting second in the East – will be without their starting point guard for the rest of the campaign, with just a rookie in Cole Anthony to replace him, as well as their two two-way players, Jordan Bone and Karim Bane, at the point-guard rotation.

This tough situation could lead to the Magic perusing the free-agent market in search of more depth at the point guard position.

Of course, it won’t be that simple, as Orlando has a full roster with all guaranteed contracts right now, meaning they can’t just sign a player without waiving someone who has guaranteed money on their deal.

Maybe the team decides to stand pat and use Michael Carter-Williams as lead ball-handler, a position he used to play more often before joining the Magic.

On the other hand, there’s a good chance Orlando, down two starters and a third rotational piece (Al-Farouq Aminu) to major injuries, applies for and is granted a hardship exception, which would allow them to sign a point guard right away.

If that does turn out to be the case, there are a few very interesting free agents available at the moment who the Magic could look at to give them another experienced lead guard. We break down six such names below.