Nikola Vucevic 2021 Report. traded to the Chicago Bulls
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Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:00:00 -0700
The first domino to fall for the Orlando Magic at the 2021 trade deadline was an unexpected one: Nikola Vucevic
Vooch, the Magic's two-time All-Star who was
The first domino to fall for the Orlando Magic at the 2021 trade deadline was an unexpected one: Nikola Vucevic.
Vooch, the Magic’s two-time All-Star who was expected to remain in Orlando unless a big haul was sent in return, has reportedly been traded to the Chicago Bulls.
While we were all waiting on news on an Aaron Gordon or Evan Fournier Trade, in came a Woj atomic bomb….
Orlando is trading Nikola Vucevic Al-Farouq Aminu to Chicago, sources tell ESPN.
The Bulls are sending the Magic 2021 and 2023 first-round picks in the deal, sources tell ESPN.
Vucevic seemed pretty unattainable leading up to the draft and this comes as quite the shock.
The return package is not going to sit well with Magic fans as a a loyal All-Star who continues to expand his game and is having the best season of his career is now headed out of town.
Vooch, the engine of the Magic offense, is averaging a career-high 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field and 40.6 percent in 6.5 threes per game.
Acquired in the Dwight Howard trade in 2012, Vooch went on to become the Magic’s all-time leader in field goals made.
Even at 30 years old, he was expected to fit into the Magic’s timeline over the next few seasons.
Instead, the Magic exchange him for Wendell Carter Jr., who is nine years younger than Vooch and has endured three injury-plagued seasons in the league.
This season, Carter is averaging 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three on 0.7 attempts per.
Otto Porter is in the final year of a deal that is paying him over $28 million.
Doubt he even makes his way to Orlando.
And the 2021 pick the Magic are receiving from the Bulls is somehow top-four protected.
With the Bulls making a run at the postseason, that pick easily could fall out of the lottery entirely.
The Magic were able to unload Al-Farouq Aminu, who has been playing well of late but has been a disaster of a signing.
With Vucevic on his way out, that means everyone on the Magic is fair game and this could be a full rebuild/reset for the Orlando Magic.
Updates coming soon….
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The Magic are trading Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Bulls in exchange for Wendell Carter Jr
, Otto Porter and two first-round picks, sources told
Smith says the Bulls trading for Nikola Vucevic proves they want to move in the right direction with Zach LaVine.
The Orlando Magic are trading All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday.
The Bulls are sending Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr.
and first-round picks in 2021 and 2023 to the Magic, sources told ESPN.
Vucevic, who is averaging a career-best 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds this season while shooting 40.6% from 3-point range, is a huge addition for the Bulls, who remain in pursuit of Lonzo Ball.
The Magic are moving toward a rebuild, with Aaron Gordon having been dealt to Denver on Thursday, sources told ESPN.
After also adding two second-round picks with the trade of guard Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics on Thursday, per sources, the Magic are gathering significant draft assets to build around young players Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz, who are under long-term contract.
Chicago’s leadership — Arturas Karnisovas, Marc Eversley and Billy Donovan — wanted to bring on a productive, serious-minded veteran player to be a cornerstone for the Bulls.
They get one with Vucevic, who has been a pillar with Orlando.
In a separate deal, Chicago acquired Troy Brown and Mo Wagner from the Washington Wizards on Thursday in exchange for Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson, sources told ESPN.
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According to ESPN Stats & Information, Vucevic, who has two years and $46 million remaining on his contract after this season, is just one of four players in the league to average 21 points and 11 rebounds over the last three seasons, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Vucevic, who entered the NBA with the 76ers as the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft, was traded to the Magic after his rookie season.
In 10 seasons, the two-time All-Star selection (2019 and 2021) has averaged 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds.
He is one of just three players to reach the 10,000 point milestone with Orlando, trailing only Dwight Howard and Nick Anderson.
Nikola Vucevic, who has been traded to Chicago, according to sources, is one of just three players to score 10,000 points with the Magic, and he ranks among the franchise leaders in a number of categories.
Aminu is averaging 5.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in his second season with the Magic.
He has also played for the Clippers, Pelicans, Mavericks and Trail Blazers during his 11 NBA seasons.
Carter, 21, the seventh overall pick out of Duke in 2018, is averaging 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Bulls this season.
Porter will be joining his third NBA team, having played for the Wizards and Bulls since entering the league in 2013 as the third overall pick.
The 27-year-old forward is averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds this season for Chicago.
– March 25, 2021
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