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: $11,750,000
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.”
Vucevic, the Magic’s longest-tenured player at five seasons, knows that it’s important for the team’s building process that it finish the season out while still playing hard and trying to win games. “Obviously, we’re all disappointed with the season that we’ve had and not getting to the playoffs,’’ Vucevic said. “But I think we can still finish this out on a positive note and hopefully build a solid base for next year. We’ve got to play hard and try to win every game left in our season. When we step on that court, we’ve got to try and win. It’s not going to maybe matter that much (for this season), but it still feels better than losing.’’