Nikola Vucevic Rumors

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Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
Position: C
Born: 10/24/90
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $28,000,000
“It was very difficult to see him go down like that again, especially the same knee,” said Nikola Vucevic, who saw the injury occur from the Magic bench area. “He was looking great, actually. We were all very happy for him mainly just because he’s a great guy and great teammate. We all have a lot of respect for him, and so for him to go down like that was very difficult to see, especially when you know that he had just came back.”
Storyline: Jonathan Isaac Injury
Individual circumstances present further challenges. Augustin’s father-in-law died recently, adding to the strain of an extended road trip away from his wife, Brandy, and their three young children. The wife of Orlando guard Evan Fournier returned to their native France with the couple’s 13-month-old son to stay with Fournier’s parents while he focuses on the N.B.A. restart. Vucevic’s wife is due with their second child in November, prompting the 2019 All-Star center’s parents to fly in from Montenegro to help Nikoleta Vucevic take care of the couple’s 19-month-old son. “That was actually huge for me to know that I’m not leaving her alone,” Vucevic said. “It would have been a much harder decision for me to play if she was alone and pregnant, with another baby to care of every day.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Orlando will be one of 22 NBA teams finishing the regular season and potentially competing in the playoffs at Disney in late July. “I can say that for all my teammates, we are all very excited,’’ Vucevic said on Thursday afternoon. “Once we heard the news, we were all texting in a group chat about it and talked all about it. By keeping in touch, we all wanted to come back and finish the season. So, we’re all very excited about it. Now that we know how much time that we have before it starts, we’re ready to put in the work.’’
Storyline: Season Resuming?
Vucevic is hopeful that fans can still enjoy watching games on television and that sports can help heal a nation fractured in recent months and weeks by death, sickness and protests over racial inequality. “For everybody, it’s great that the NBA is going to be back. Mainly for the fans, people have gone through a lot – first, with the virus and now with everything that’s happened in the last two weeks with George Floyd, I think it will be great for people to have basketball to watch and support,’’ Vucevic said. “Unfortunately, nobody will be able to be there to watch us and we’ll miss the fans. One of the best things is to play in packed areas, 20,000 fans coming to support us, but it is what it is with this situation and we’ll try to make the best of it.”
“When I saw the video of what happened, I was angry and disappointed to see that something like that can still happen in our country,’’ Vucevic said. “The movement and the response after that has been great, it is time for a change and enough is enough. Racism has no place on this planet, we’re all humans, we’re all the same and there should be no difference between us because of our skin color. “I was lucky enough to grow up in Belgium and two of my best friends were African and another one was Asian,’’ Vucevic added. “While growing up, I never looked at them any differently because of their skin color. I never understood that and it’s sad to see that we still have that (racism) today. But I think this movement, hopefully, can educate people, older and younger, and change came come because it’s much-needed.’’

Vucevic said he went about three weeks without being able to shoot until a neighbor installed an outdoor hoop and let him use it. “It was so much fun because I haven’t done it in a while,” Vucevic said. “You obviously miss it, but until you actually do it again, you don’t realize how much. It’s kind of like when I was little and I would just go in front of my house and just play — for hours. It reminds me of that.”
How are you staying in shape? Nikola Vucevic: I’m trying to diversify everything that I do. I’ve been lifting weights a lot. That’s something that I usually do, anyway, so I’ve tried to stay on top of that. I’ve done a lot of biking on the Peloton or the bike that I ride around my neighborhood. I bought a rowing machine. Those are great, fun workouts. And I just started running a week ago; I ran a couple of times. So I’m just trying to do different things and maintain as much as I can. It’s just not the same as when we practice as a team or play or get in the gym. But you try to do anything that you can.
Have you been able to shoot a basketball? Do you have a basketball hoop near your house? Nikola Vucevic: Well, I do shoot hoops with my son on his little basket. We’ll play one-on-one. He’ll try to get the ball from me, and I usually always score on him, which helps with my confidence. I’m just kidding. But I do play around with him. I’ll dribble, and he’ll try to run after the ball. So that’s fun.
Nikola Vucevic: Actually, my neighbor has a hoop. So sometimes I’ll go and shoot there. At first, I hadn’t shot the ball in three weeks or so, and when he got the hoop and he texted me. I went over to shoot a little bit, and I felt like a kid to just be shooting after so long. It was just so fun for me to get shots up a little bit and play around and do some things. So I’ll shoot here and there. But I don’t want to bother him all the time, obviously.
But the big thing I keep coming back to is this: The Magic need to shake things up with this roster, in my view. They have interesting pieces, it’s just that all of those pieces don’t fit all that well together. In my mind, their three best players are Nikola Vucevic, Isaac and Aaron Gordon. And unfortunately, you can’t play all three of those guys together at once at their optimal effectiveness. And in the backcourt, they still don’t have nearly enough playmaking and shot-making. That makes them ripe for a trade to try and move some of that talent from the frontcourt to the backcourt potentially. To me, Gordon is the odd man out, and I think they could actually get a pretty real trade package for him with two years left on his deal at a very reasonable cost due to the descending structure of his contract. That’s the route I’d look at, despite the fact that I think Gordon is probably the second-best asset on the roster behind Isaac.
Storyline: Aaron Gordon Trade?
The description of Augustin as “by far the worst player” and the 12 likes the question received on Twitter angered Vucevic when he read the mailbag Friday, and he was still so irate after Sunday’s victory that he addressed the subject after he was asked by a reporter from the team website about Augustin’s performance against the Rockets. “I saw Josh did a Q&A with fans, and they were all going at D.J. and saying all this stupid stuff,” Vucevic said. “They have no idea. I mean, they’re just saying stupid stuff. They have no idea. They were just saying stupid stuff that made no sense and calling him the ‘worst player’ and this and that. As a ‘Pure Magic’ fan, you don’t say things like that. Honestly, it pissed me off because I know D.J., how much he cares and how much of a pro he is and how much he’s given (to the team).”
The description of Augustin as “by far the worst player” and the 12 likes the question received on Twitter angered Vucevic when he read the mailbag Friday, and he was still so irate after Sunday’s victory that he addressed the subject after he was asked by a reporter from the team website about Augustin’s performance against the Rockets. “I saw Josh did a Q&A with fans, and they were all going at D.J. and saying all this stupid stuff,” Vucevic said. “They have no idea. I mean, they’re just saying stupid stuff. They have no idea. They were just saying stupid stuff that made no sense and calling him the ‘worst player’ and this and that. As a ‘Pure Magic’ fan, you don’t say things like that. Honestly, it pissed me off because I know D.J., how much he cares and how much of a pro he is and how much he’s given (to the team).”
But each time James made a play to cut the Lakers’ deficit, Fultz responded on the ensuing Magic trip down the floor. Fultz assisted on a 3-pointer by Nikola Vucevic, scored on a nifty reverse layup and, after James cut Orlando’s lead to one point, faked out James in the lane with a spin move and then made a bank shot. “I’ve been supportive of him ever since he was in high school (and) came through as a rookie in Philly, been supportive through his situation and still (am) to this day,” James said after the game. “I’m happy as hell for him.”
Vucevic, who has been out since his ankle buckled on him in Toronto three weeks ago, went through light practice sessions on Wednesday and Friday mornings and a non-contact practice on Thursday in hopes of getting back by Friday to face the Houston Rockets. Instead, Vucevic will practice with his teammates once more on Saturday and shoot for a Sunday return. “He’s got to feel comfortable that he can go out and play, that’s it,’’ Clifford said. “It’s as simple as that.’’
Storyline: Nikola Vucevic Injury