“No matter how (the season) ends, I think Timmy is going to look at (retirement) again,” Popovich told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “And if you ask me, my guess is that he’ll go for another one because he has been so consistent this season. It’s just consistent stuff: another double-double, over and over and over again. Because of that, I think in his mind that if it continues through the rest of the year, I think he’ll say, ‘I’m going to go another year and see what happens.’ Because what he has told me is that the minute he feels like he’s a hindrance to his team or he’s not on the positive end or helping him, he’s going to walk right off the court. It might be during the third quarter of a game. He’s not going to hang on to finish a contract or make the money or have the notoriety that you know he doesn’t give a (expletive) about. So the way he’s playing now, he’s going to look in the mirror and say, ‘Hey, I’m doing all right.’ ”
February 6, 2016 | 8:02 pm EST Update
He isn’t officially on the trade block — never has been, really — but a “too good to be true” offer might entice the Nuggets to pull the trigger on a deal.
Vucevic, along with power forward Andrew Nicholson, has been with the club since the start of the rebuild. He doesn’t feel its sudden swoon this season warrants the Magic playing let’s-make-a-deal. “That’s no reason to think we need to change anything. We have to find a way within each other to get back to what we were doing early in the year,” Vucevic said. “We just got to find a way to get out of this [slump]. “Trades or whatever … I don’t think about that — that’s not my job — and I never will.”
Veteran power forward/center Jason Smith said the trade deadline looms in the minds of players — whether they admit it or not. “It’s always in the back of your mind,” Smith said. “The only thing I have to worry about is what I can control. Things I can control is how hard I work in practice, take care of my body, get my rest, eat right. Trade-deadline stuff is out of my control.”
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