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Magic’s Aaron Gordon says Markelle Fultz can be ‘a monster’ if he figures it out

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Markelle Fultz was traded to the Orlando Magic in February. The former No. 1 overall pick was held out for much of last season due to a shoulder issue, however, and he hasn’t played a single game with Orlando. At this point, it’s not clear how well Fultz will fit in the Magic’s system, but Aaron Gordon seems happy to have him aboard.

Gordon recently joined SiriusXM NBA Radio for a wide-ranging interview. Amid their discussion, Gordon noted that Fultz is a sleeping giant:

“Markelle is a sleeper,” Gordon said during his interview. “If he’s awake and woken up, he’s a monster — a monster. People are sleeping on him. That’s what I mean by ‘he’s a sleeper.’ He’s going to be huge for our team with that point guard presence.”

Fultz is still without an official timetable for return, but he is making progress in his recovery, according to Magic head coach Steve Clifford:

“He’s working hard, he’s made great progress,” Clifford recently said during a separate SiriusXM interview. “You know, right now we don’t have a timetable for when he’ll be back, but he’s really doing a great job.”

Clifford also noted that he would have liked for Fultz to have participated in this year’s Summer League tournament, but he understands the guard wasn’t quite ready yet.

Fultz played in just 19 games with the Sixers last season (15 starts), racking up averages of 8.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting from the field (28.6 percent from beyond the arc), 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and just under one steal in 22.5 minutes per outing.