At 13-23, the Orlando Magic are removed from a sensible playoff berth even within the weak and mediocre Japanese Convention, sitting 4 video games and 4 groups from the ultimate play-in spot.
Sooner or later, Orlando might have to drag the set off on a full-scale rebuild. And if that does happen, middle Nikola Vucevic will likely be central to the Magic starting that course of. Named to his second straight All-Star sport final week, the 30-year-old is of curiosity to the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The versatile 6-foot-11 Vucevic is averaging 24.6 factors on 48.3% from the sector and 41.2% from three to go along with 11.6 rebounds and three.7 assists per sport. He’s at the moment on the second season of a four-year, $100 million contract that really decreases in common annual worth yr to yr. The USC product making $26 million this yr after incomes $28 million final yr. He’s slated to make $24 million subsequent season, an extremely team-friendly contract for a participant of his caliber.
Orlando would seemingly desire a king’s ransom in return contemplating Vucevic’s worth on the court docket and his team-friendly deal, seemingly a number of younger gamers and draft picks.
Boston is comparatively struggling this season at 18-17 (nonetheless good for 4th within the East) however have a $28.5 million commerce exception that might permit the Celtics to soak up Vucevic’s wage and go nicely over the wage cap to take action. Charlotte is one sport behind Boston at 17-18 and sixth within the East, and is having fun with a resurgent marketing campaign behind third general choose LaMelo Ball and free agent signing Gordon Hayward. The Hornets have $4 million in cap room, so that they wouldn’t should commerce precise equal wage again to Orlando.
It’s nonetheless unknown whether or not the Magic have curiosity in buying and selling Vucevic.