NBA: Magic announce extension for Wendell Carter Jr.

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Posted at Oct 17 2021 09:00 AM

Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) dunks the ball against San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Amway Center. Mike Watters, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Orlando Magic center Wendell Carter Jr. (34) dunks the ball against San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) during the first quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Amway Center. Mike Watters, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

The Orlando Magic announced Saturday that the team has signed center Wendell Carter Jr. to an extension.

The team did not disclose terms, but reports Friday pegged it as a four-year, $50 million deal.

"Even in his relatively short time in the league, Wendell has proven to be a true professional," team president Jeff Weltman said. "We are very happy that he will continue to build on his promising career here in Orlando."

Carter would have become a restricted free agent following the season.

Orlando acquired the 6-foot-10 Carter from the Bulls last March as a prime rebuilding piece in the deal that saw two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic go to Chicago.

Carter averaged 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds in 22 games (19 starts) for the Magic. The 22-year-old has career averages of 11.0 points and 8.2 boards in 141 games (131 starts) over three seasons.

Carter will earn $6.9 million this season in the final year of the rookie contract he signed with the Bulls. Chicago selected Carter with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 draft.