HoopsHype Nikola Vucevic rumors

October 2, 2013 Updates

Magic officials say they're pleased with Vucevic's strides in the weight room. They wanted him to work on his lateral quickness, explosiveness and upper-body strength, and Vaughn said Wednesday that Vucevic has improved. Team officials also want Vucevic to play more aggressively and with more confidence. He is polite and soft-spoken off the court. But it often helps to play with a mean streak on the court, especially in the rough-and-tumble world of NBA big men. "I think Nik ended last season with a high degree of confidence," Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan said. "I think we're looking for him to continue to play confidently and to continue to build on the type of aggression and physicality that he plays with on a nightly basis." Orlando Sentinel

August 2, 2013 Updates

Montenegro have had to be patient but at last, NBA center Nikola Vucevic has joined the team in training ahead of the EuroBasket. The Orlando Magic big man wasn't able to play in Hungary over the weekend in a couple of friendlies that his national team won against the hosts and Austria. He is expecting to fit in quickly. "I'm glad I'm joining the rest of the team," he said. "They've been working hard since the beginning of July and in Zlatibor doing their strenuous preparations, so it is my pleasure that I am joining the preparations and am ready to start working with the rest of the team. "I worked individually in Bar (Montenegro) so believe that there will be no problem getting used to the system of work in Zlatibor and continue preparations for the European Championship, which we all await with great impatience." FIBA.com

June 18, 2013 Updates

Take the Montenegro side that impressed in last summer's Qualification Round with a 10-0 record, add two of the most promising NBA centers, and you get a frontcourt that could wreak havoc at EuroBasket 2013. This dream scenario is very close to turning into reality for the small Balkan country, as former Partizan, Panathinaikos and Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic are included in the 21-strong preliminary squad for September's EuroBasket that head coach Luka Pavicevic announced on Monday. FIBA Europe

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``I think I’m a lot better and I’ve improved in every area of my game,’’ said Vucevic, whose Magic (20-59) host the Boston Celtics on Saturday at the Amway Center. ``My confidence is a lot higher, so when I go out on the court I just do what I do best so I don’t think as much. I’ve gotten stronger and I’m more mature, so I feel like I’m better overall. I’ve played the games and played through mistakes, so I’ve been able to get better.’’ NBA.com

In time, Vucevic sees himself becoming a dominant player in the low post such as Memphis center Marc Gasol. Gasol, the younger brother of Pau Gasol, made his first NBA All-Star Game this season and he has averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 blocks over his five-year NBA career. Considering the numbers that Vucevic is already putting up as a second-year pro who appears to be blossoming with every game, the Gasol comparison might be a bit conservative. But it hasn’t stopped Vucevic from studying Gasol’s games on a nightly basis and expecting more out of himself every time he hits the floor. ``I think somebody who I could play like someday would be Marc Gasol. He’s a very skilled big man who can face up, shoot it and play with his back to the basket. He passes the ball well and defensively he’s a smart player,’’ Vucevic said. ``He’s somebody I feel that I can learn a lot from. When I played against him, I struggled against him. When I watch games, I watch a lot of (Memphis Grizzlies) games and I can learn a lot from (Gasol). NBA.com

April 11, 2013 Updates
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Bothered briefly by headaches and a sensitivity to light after suffering a concussion last week, Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic was instructed to not watch television, read or even text on his phone during his recovery. So Vucevic turned to the one sure-fire remedy for his concussion symptoms and boredom: His mom’s cooking. NBA.com

Vucevic’s concussion, which came as result of a Tyler Hansbrough elbow to the mouth and knocked him out of five Magic games, happened in the midst of a visit by his parents, Borislav and Ljiljana, from their native Montenegro. With little to do to pass the time as he cleared his head, Vucevic crafted a list of Montenegran dishes that he wanted his mom to cook while in Orlando. That, more than anything, helped him get through the disappointment of having to miss his first games of the season, he said. ``She did a lot of home-cooking and made a lot of my favorite meals. I made her a list of all of the meals that I wanted her to make and she took care of me,’’ Vucevic said with a chuckle. ``My favorite is made out of beef and it has a lot of cheese (stuffed) in it. Then, you roll it and fry that and put this special sauce on it. It’s pretty good. It’s one of the specialties from where I’m from.’’ NBA.com

March 29, 2013 Updates

Center Nik Vucevic appears to be making progress as he recovers from the mild concussion he sustained March 19. Vucevic shot baskets this morning on the Orlando Magic’s practice court after his teammates prepared for their game tonight against the Washington Wizards. Lead assistant coach James Borrego and video analyst Adam Glessner fed Vucevic the ball as Vucevic put up his shots. How nice was it for coach Jacque Vaughn to see Vucevic back on the court? “Good,” Vaughn said with a smile on his face. “He still hasn’t been handed over to me yet, so I’d probably like that step probably the best. But it’s good to see him out there with Coach Borrego and getting some shots up.” Orlando Sentinel

March 27, 2013 Updates

Coach Jacque Vaughn might decide to not to play Vucevic even after Vucevic receives a medical OK to play again. Vaughn has been cautious in putting players back on the court after injuries. Vucevic wouldn't speculate on how close he is to playing again. "I don't know," he said. "All that is up to the trainer. I just follow what he says." Vucevic attended the Magic's workout Tuesday. Although the Magic primarily shot baskets, Vucevic didn't participate, Vaughn said. Orlando Sentinel

March 26, 2013 Updates

Nik Vucevic, who is recovering from a mild concussion he sustained on March 19, won't play when the Orlando Magic play the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Vucevic said Tuesday he wasn't scheduled to accompany the team to North Carolina, but he said he expects to play again this season. "I'm getting better," the 22-year-old center said. "I'm better day-by-day. I'll leave it up to the trainer and the doctor." Orlando Sentinel

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What he is now is the best bargain in town — if not in the entire NBA. Vooch is still playing on his rookie contract he originally signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, making $1.7 million this season and $1.8 million next season. Yeah, he's going to get a slight bump. He could command at least $10million a year in the open market today. Orlando Sentinel

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