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: $26,000,000

Nikola Vucevic talks trade

How did you find out about the trade? Where were you? Nikola Vucevic: “I was actually with my son; I had taken him to this activity that he has because it was our day off. So, I went with him and then I got a call from the GM [John Hammond], and they just called me to let me know that the trade was happening. It wasn’t out of nowhere, we’d had discussions prior to it, so it was kind of mutual; it wasn’t just out of nowhere. They pretty much just let me know that the trade was happening and said, ‘You’re going to Chicago.’ Honestly, even though I had an idea that it could happen, it was still a big shock to me.
In Orlando, you were the focal point of the offense, so Zach should be able to take some of the pressure off of you and vice versa. You guys can be a terrific one-two punch. Vucevic: “Yeah, I’m very excited. I’ve never played with anyone who’s as good of a scorer as Zach is, so I think it’s going to be great for me to have a guy like that on the ball a lot. In some of the games, it’s shown already in some of our two-man game action, although we haven’t played together a lot. It’s going to be hard to defend. I mean, when you’re trying to guard a two-man game that has two very good players, two very good scorers, it’s hard to defend because it’s hard to take away both; one or the other is always going to have a chance to get open or create for themselves, or for the other guy or for somebody else on the team. With me and Zach, it’s going to be awesome to play with him. Another thing about him is that he’s very unselfish; he’s a willing passer, he’s willing to make the right play, and that’s always a huge plus for the team.
“I knew talks were going on, and I was talking to the Magic front office as well that there were talks,” Vucevic said. “So it was kind of a mutual thing. It’s not like it happened out of nowhere, and I was just shocked by it. There were talks and I knew about it. I also appreciate the Magic giving me a heads-up about it. They decided to go in a different direction. We felt like it was a good time to do this. The team there just kind of hit a ceiling, so we figured out it was time. It was difficult for me because I spent so much time there. But I’m looking forward to this new challenge. I’m very excited for it.”
Why was it necessary to trade Nikola Vucevic? Jeff Weltman: I think it’s hard to separate the trades. We picked a new path. We picked a new direction. Vooch, as our best player, had to be a part of that decision. All of those guys are good players, and they’ve been good players for our organization and good people. But if we were going to strike out on a good path, we needed to make those moves.