Nikola Vucevic Rumors

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Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
Position: C
Born: 10/24/90
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $12,250,000
Look for Hammond to shuffle the deck now that he’s the new Magic GM. NBA officials said Hammond has been working the phones, trying to move point guard Elfrid Payton and veteran centers Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo. If Hammond is successful in moving Payton, it will likely impact the Magic’s draft plans. The consensus among NBA officials is the Magic will draft Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac with the sixth overall selection. However, if Payton is moved, the Magic may change plans at select North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith.
Storyline: Bismack Biyombo Trade?
Everyone, include Vucevic himself, knows that he has yet to show his best at a FIBA EuroBasket. He’s ready for that to change later this year, when Montenegro face the Pau Gasol-led Spain, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group C. “I’m excited about it,” he said to FIBA.com. “I want to help the national team have a great campaign. On a personal level, I have great expectations, too. In 2011, I was so young and I was there mostly to gain experience at senior level.
“This summer I want to compete at my best level and I am going to have a great opportunity to have nice match-ups against guys like the Gasol brothers, the big men from Croatia and Jan Vesely (Czech Republic) for example. That is going to be fun and very competitive, I am looking forward to it.” Montenegro, much like Vucevic, have not shown their best level at the two EuroBaskets they have played in. Vucevic believes that can change this year.
This season, however, he has launched 3-pointers more freely. He entered the Orlando Magic’s game Monday night against the Chicago Bulls having attempted 72 shots from beyond the arc this season. “I took a big step this season shooting it,” Vucevic said. “But it’ll be something that I’ll work a lot on this summer because I saw that I could really make those. It just hasn’t been always consistent. But it’s definitely something I want to add to my game. I think it’s going to help myself a lot as well as the team.”