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July 7, 2019, 12:32 amNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
The Magic officially announced their re-signing of Nikola Vucevic.
Vucevic is slated to make $100 million over his four-year deal, though the Magic did not officially release the terms. He's coming off a career season and should be in line for more elite fantasy production as the cornerstone of Orlando's offense. We'd be wary of some regression but Vooch looks like a safe bet for top-40 numbers at minimum — it just might not be the top-15 returns from last season.
Source: Orlando Magic
June 30, 2019, 6:16 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
As expected, Nikola Vucevic and the Magic have reached agreement on a four-year deal worth an estimated $100 million.
There were rumors that Vucevic would take his talents elsewhere as he was looking to get a max, but that never materialized, and he decided to continue to improve on his All-Star season with the Magic. He should slot right back into the upper-echelon of fantasy centers as he took his game to the next level this season.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 11:58 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic will commit to a four-year, $100 million deal that will keep him with the Magic per Shams Charania.
It had previously been reported that Vucevic would be re-upping with the Magic on a four-year deal worth over $90 million, and now we now a more exact number. Vucevic was the best center on the market but there just weren't many teams with that much money to spend on a guy at his position. Orlando has proven to be a nice fit for Vucevic, who should be coming off draft boards in the early rounds next season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 28, 2019, 4:23 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
The Magic are preparing a four-year deal worth over $90 million in hopes of re-signing Nikola Vucevic shortly after free agency opens on Sunday.
Vucevic has been connected to the Celtics, Mavs and Kings, but all outward indications have been that he'd like to stay in Orlando if possible. He's coming off a career season and staying put might be the best thing for his fantasy value, while the Magic likely view him as a major part of a core that looked to be on the rise last season. That's a pretty strong offer that other suitors might not match, so we'll see how quickly Vucevic makes his decision.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 25, 2019, 6:55 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Per Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News, the Mavs like how Nikola Vucevic fits alongside Kristaps Porzingis, but his expected salary would cost too much for the Mavs to sign.
The Mavs will enter free agency with a ton of cap space, but after the expected max contract that they'll extend to Porzingis, they may be more inclined to spread the wealth around or target Kemba Walker than committing a max contract to Vucevic. Vucevic had a career year as an All-Star for the Magic this past season, but his next destination remains a crapshoot.
Source: Dallas News
June 21, 2019, 1:10 amNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Shams Charania reported that unrestricted free agent Nikola Vucevic is a "top priority" for the Celtics.
The Celtics are reeling right now and losing Al Horford means they have to start sniffing around replacements, and Vucevic would be a buzzy name to bring in but there is a question of whether he fits as an offensive hub playing next to guys in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that want to be primary options. Woj reported that the Lakers are also in the mix and that Vucevic and the Magic are "motivated to get a deal done." We'll hear many more rumors over the next few weeks as free agency figures to be crazy and Vooch will be in the middle of all of it.
June 9, 2019, 10:10 amNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
The Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks have both expressed interest in signing Nikola Vucevic this summer according to Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel.
It's unsurprising that both of these teams would be in on the best available center on the market. The Kings have been rumored to be searching for a new center after a so-so year out of Willie Cauley-Stein and the Mavericks were clearly undermanned after trading DeAndre Jordan mid season. It's been reported that Vucevic will be a priority for the Magic this summer, but with him garnering significant interest elsewhere, it wouldn't be shocking to see Orlando forgo paying him max-money and pivot towards developing Mo Bamba instead.
Source: Orlando Sentiniel
April 30, 2019, 2:40 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic, who turns 29 at the start of next season, said, "I really do believe this is the start of my prime and I have a lot of years in front of me where I can play at a very high level"
Vucevic made his first All-Star Team this past season in what was a career year across the board. Vucevic will be looking to get paid this summer, and he should have no shortage of suitors for his services. it will be interesting how this situation unfolds, but the Magic still hold the best cards as they can offer Vucevic an extra year and $49 million more than any other team.
Source: Pure Magic
April 27, 2019, 1:57 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Magic president Jeff Weltman said that re-signing Nikola Vucevic is a priority.
Weltman said he knows Vucevic will also be a priority for many other teams so hopefully they can get something done. The Magic are eligible of offering Vucevic a max contract of five-years/$190 million while other teams can only offer four-years/$141 million, a huge difference if the Magic are willing to go that high. The 28-year old Vucevic had his best season in his 8th year in the league, posting career-highs across the board with 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assist, 1.0 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 triples, making his first All-Star Team.
Source: The Athletic
April 25, 2019, 2:13 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Speaking at the exit interview, Nikola Vucevic said that it's too early to know where he will play next season, and it will be a mutual decision between him and management on if he stays with the Magic.
Vucevic didn't reveal his hand, but the Magic's season just ended on Tuesday, so there hasn't been much time to think about the future. There figures to be no shortage of suitors for Vooch's services this summer as he made his first all-star team by putting up career numbers virtually across the board and got the Magic back into the playoffs.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 9:48 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic shot 3-for-10 from the field for six points with seven boards and one assist in 17 minutes to fall to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Vooch was shut down by Gasol again, as he has been for most of the series. After clearly being a stud for the Magic all season, it's a shame his season had to end this way, especially in a do-or-die situation. Vooch is still a great fantasy asset at this point in his career, but clearly not a playoff competitor just yet.
April 21, 2019, 10:02 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic was smothered by Raptor double teams all night on Sunday and was limited to scoring just 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting as he ended up forcing some shots in traffic.
The Raptors have really dialed in and had Vooch's number all series, a smart game plan considering he's been the Magic's best player in the 2018-19 regular season. He added five rebounds, two assists and one steal to complete an overall underwhelming stat line in what was a critical, near-do-or-die game. As long as the Raptors keep the Montenegrin big man out of his groove, the Magic's chances for a reverse-sweep of this series are likely going to go up in a puff of smoke.
April 19, 2019, 10:00 pmNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic finally looked like himself on Friday night as he dropped 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steal as the Magic fell 98-93 to the Raptors at home.
Vucevic broke out of his playoff slump, but unfortunately Orlando dealt with poor shooting nights from DJ Augustin (3-for-7) and Evan Fournier (1-for-12) that ultimately sunk them on their home floor.
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