Wendell Carter Jr. agrees to 4-year, $50 million extension with Orlando Magic

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The Orlando Magic and center Wendell Carter Jr. agreed to a four-year contract extension Friday.

Carter and the Magic reached agreement on a fully guaranteed $50 million deal that runs through the 2025-26 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Carter, who was traded to Orlando midway through last season, is set to enter the final year of the initial four-year, $22 million deal he signed with the Chicago Bulls.

Carter played in 22 games for the Magic last season and averaged a career-high 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He’s been averaging 12.5 points and 8.8 rebounds this preseason and is starting to mesh well with fellow big man Mo Bamba — something that can only help the Magic attempt to make their third postseason berth in the past four seasons.

“I think we played pretty well together,” Bamba said Sunday, via the NBA. “I think there’s a couple things defensively that we should clean up … but I think we played really well together. I knew that we could always play well together. I could say it now — the plan in high school we were thinking about playing together in college. One thing about Wendell is he’s a hooper. He [goes] out there, [playing the] four or five, and just [goes] out there and plays and make defenses have to adjust to it.”

Wendell Carter Jr. of the Orlando Magic
Wendell Carter Jr. was traded to the Magic last season from Chicago, and now has locked down a $50 million guaranteed deal in Orlando. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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