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Keith Smith: Per a source: The Magic see an opportunity to land a top-4 pick in the 2021 draft. Putting that player alongside Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz, and the newly acquired Wendell Carter has Orlando believing they can turn things around quickly.
KC Johnson: Can confirm the deal that is being finalized: Carter, Porter and two 1st-round picks to Magic for Vucevic and Aminu, per source. @Adrian Wojnarowski 1st and so much for my theory this regime won’t sacrifice first-round picks. Bulls haven’t given up on pursuit of Ball.
Shams Charania: The Orlando Magic are trading Nikola Vucevic to Chicago for Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
K.C. Johnson: Bulls are trading Wendell Carter Jr. in this deal, per source.
Sam Smith: Drummond is a free agent this summer, but regarding the Bulls the most important element is it would take playing time from Wendell Carter, who has played well in his return and seems healthy again. New management still is about analysis and evaluation of their players. Drummond doesn’t have any history, anyway, of elevating average teams. He’s not worth the effort. I’m still predicting a quiet Bulls trade deadline.
Oh, and about those draft-day trade rumors that had Carter and the fourth pick going to Golden State for the No. 2 selection? “When I first saw it, I kind of knew it was BS,” Carter said. “I didn’t pay much attention to it … I had a lot of faith I was going to be here. I knew the coaching staff and the front office believed in me from the talks that we’ve had. So I knew I was going to be a Bull. But it’s always a little anxiety when you see your name floating around as possibly being traded. But deep down in my heart, I knew I was going to be a Bull.”
K.C. Johnson: FWIW, Wendell Carter Jr. has told people he’s under impression new management values him. Normally, such details have to be taken in perspective. Nobody is untouchable on this roster. However, with new regime touting player-first organization, perhaps this carries some weight.
An NBA scout told the Chicago Sun-Times that there were some teams actively zeroing in on several Bulls, including Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. Is it your normal due diligence or a lot more smoke than usual? In this case, it’s likely both. First, sources have indicated the organization hasn’t even crossed the trade bridge. Executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas hasn’t even rounded up the entire roster at the Advocate Center for a full workout.
As for Carter, he basically became an afterthought in the offense. His touches seemed to disappear after being pushed into the garbage-man role, and his points had to come off offensive rebounds. That offensive philosophy already is being picked apart by the new regime, according to a source, so expect Boylen to have to teach a new look again if he is retained. But many of the defensive schemes Boylen implemented — minus the constant blitzes on pick-and-roll — have been applauded by the front office, so there’s that. So why has the Bulls’ roster drawn attention? Well, Markkanen, Carter and LaVine have had their issues with Boylen.
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Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young is the 2nd-youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,800 career assists, per @HawksPR (behind LeBron James). He’s the 6th-fastest (204 career games) to do so, behind: Oscar Robertson, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson, Mark Jackson, Chris Paul.