The Nikola Vucevic conundrum

From the moment Nikola Vucevic proved to be a double-double machine, it became clear what the first big test for Rob Hennigan and his “Process” would be. How do you evaluate Nikola Vucevic’s worth? The whole — maybe not the whole, but a good chunk — of the Magic’s financial flexibility for the future and stability at center would be tied in to how much Vucevic can make...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss gives Magic offseason a ‘C’

Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports “There is rebuilding, and then there is leveling the entire structure and starting from scratch. And while some teams, such as the Sixers, have seemed to be more inclined to the latter, the Magic are now reaching a point of critical mass, where all the assets need to stop translating into promise and instead transform into wins. GM Rob Hennigan...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roundtable: Which All-Star caliber player (if any) is joining the Celtics in 2015?

The third edition of our roundtable series is here, and today's question is:Which All-Star caliber player (if any) will be joining the Celtics in 2015?Check out the answers from five CelticsLife writers below. Mike DyerGreg Monroe. To be honest, Monroe is more of a guess than anything. But here's what I'm comfortable saying: If the Celtics retain Rajon Rondo, he will...
Via Celtics Life
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Basketball Insiders previews Magic season

“This is the season where we should be able to form a much better understanding over whether the people calling the shots in Orlando really know what they’re doing. There have been some positive things that have happened over the course of the last two years, even though there isn’t many wins to show for it. If a major jump toward night in and night out competitiveness isn’t...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s talk playoff chances . . .

File this under the “So you’re saying there is a chance” file. It is September, so excuse a little whimsy. The hard reality is that the Magic are expected to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference again. Any improvements the Magic have made will have to come internally from players already on the roster beginning to realize their potential. Some of the new players...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic Asks for Montenegrin Head Coach Change

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic chose to avoid not playing for the Montenegrin national team during its attempt to qualify in August for next year’s EuroBasket competition. Neither did Nikola Pekovic. These two big men are the country’s best talents. Still, Montenegro had enough talent to qualify for EuroBasket 2015. They didn’t and it’s appropriately being seen as...
Via Magic Basketball Online
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic: How Does Nikola Vucevic Compare To Other NBA Centers?

Ask any Orando Magic fan about center Nikola Vucevic, and all will speak favorably of his talents and be glad he is a part of their team. Entering the fourth year of his career, and the final one of his rookie contract, Vucevic projects to get better as a player and one day soon be […] Orlando Magic: How Does Nikola Vucevic Compare To Other NBA Centers? - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic: What is the Magic’s Biggest Weakness?

Orlando Magic: What is the Magic’s Biggest Weakness? By Tashan Reed: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… No one expected the Orlando Magic to be good in 2014- and they weren’t. They were the third worst team in the NBA with a 23-59 record. The development of Tobias Harris, who averaged 15 and 7, and Nikola Vucevic, who put up 14 and 11, gave Magic fans two big reasons to be optimistic...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

What is the future of Magic’s 2012 draftees?

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders estimates about 22 of the 60 players drafted each year since 2001 have what can be called careers in the NBA (getting the second contract and hanging around beyond their rookie deals). The 2011 draftees — like Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris — are starting to get their pay days. What about 2012? Orlando has three of those players and Kyler...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris and restricted free agency

With the season slowly approaching (slowly, being the key word), there is really only one thing left for the Magic to do. Their young players are finally starting to grow up and reach free agency for the first time. More specifically, Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris are on the final years of their rookie contracts and are set to become restricted free agents next summer. That means...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

Orlando is banking on their youth movement to pay off. The Orlando Magic added veteran presence to a roster that was already stocked with young, budding talent. They swung for the fences in the draft and look to finally improve after several solid years of rebuilding. Coaching 20/25 Orlando head coach Jacque Vaughn has head a rough first two seasons, winning only 43 games and finishing...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Nikola Vucevic continues rebounding mastery

Nikola Vucevic is a growing player. If it were not for a series of injuries that knocked him out of 25 games, who knows what kind of season we would be talking about from Vucevic. The second-year center is an extreme bright spot for the Magic. He is a capable offensive player with a solid jumper for a big man and good footwork to establish position in the post. What makes him a truly...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Where do the Magic Land in the Recent Power Rankings?

Link: The Orlando Magic are right in the middle of a major rebuild.  They haven’t been competitive since Dwight Howard left them for Los Angeles a few years back, and now, Rob Hennigan is doing a great job rebuilding this team.  He has a lot of young guns ready to perform well this upcoming year....
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

MBO Roundtable – Magic Free Agency Edition

Barring a significant trade out of GM Rob Hennigan, the Orlando Magic appear to be done making major acquisitions this offseason. So the MBO staff gathered around for another roundtable discussion and chatted about the franchise’s 2014 free agency and trade hauls. We put on our starting lineup prediction hats as well as whipped out contract extension offers. Contributing to the...
Via Magic Basketball Online
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Defenses turn their eyes toward Nikola Vucevic

It has been a summer of promise for the Magic. They have continued to look at the development of Victor Oladipo and reformed the backcourt with Elfrid Payton. They drafted Aaron Gordon, putting pressure on the forward positions to sort itself out. One thing that appears to be more than constant is center Nikola Vucevic. His position and role on the team is not questioned. There is...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jameer Nelson thanks Magic after release

The Orlando Magic announced Monday that they have released 10-year veteran point guard Jameer Nelson. “I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic have afforded me and my family over the past 10 years,’’ Nelson said. “I’d like to thank the DeVos family, team management and all the coaches that have provided me guidance, mentoring and the ability to play the game that...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Orlando Magic could deal Jameer Nelson?

The Orlando Magic have been very active in trade talks over the past few weeks, and they are expected to remain active with the NBA Draft coming up on Thursday night. One player that has been mentioned in quite a few trade talks is veteran point guard Jameer Nelson. He simply doesn’t fit with the rebuilding process that the Magic are going through, and there are plenty of teams...
Via Sports-Glory
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Vucevic continues to improve, but unable to carry Magic

For the second year in a row, Nikola Vucevic can point with pride to the strides he has made in becoming one of the NBA's more consistent and dependable centers. But his progress was again not reflected in the record of the Orlando Magic. Points and rebounds are no substitute for victories, and Vucevic has made it clear that going through another season of more than 50 losses...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Assessing value on the Magic roster

An NBA general manager has two jobs — evaluate talent and ensure that it is properly priced. So far Rob Hennigan has had to do a very good job at the first part — evaluating talent. When he took over, he had the Dwight Howard trade lingering over him and he had to tear everything down. That meant eschewing large contracts and creating a ton of flexibility. Flexibility means those...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic Join Nik Vucevic’s Cause and Donate to Balkan Floods Relief Aid

Serbia as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina – the two Western Balkan countries - have recently been hit by the worst floods scene in that area in the last 120 years. An outpouring of resources from various countries and public figures around the globe is underway. The Orlando Magic joins center Nikola Vucevic in his efforts to raise funds for flood victims. Both countries neighbor...
Via Magic Basketball Online
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyle O'Quinn improves with added playing time in second year with Magic

Kyle O'Quinn did not receive any votes last month when the NBA announced the results for Most Improved Player. But if there was a similar award handed out by the Orlando Magic, the second-year pro out of Norfolk State who lasted until the 49th overall pick might well have won in a clean sweep. Even with guard Arron Afflalo raising his scoring average for the seventh time in as...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

From no-name to starter: Dedmon's 2013-14 season a true odyssey

The Orlando Magic finished their season by starting a 7-footer out of USC who still has a lot to learn about the NBA at a young age. And, no, it was not Nikola Vucevic. The 23-year-old Vucevic, one of the league's most improved players a year ago, missed the Magic's final seven games because of a sore left Achilles tendon. So Dewayne Dedmon, who was not even on their roster...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic among smartest spenders in league?

Those who are following the Magic’s finances (or at least what is reported) know that they will be coming into some money and some cap room this year and especially in 2015 as they plan their future. Some of that will have to be spent on extensions or restricted free agency for Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris. It was not too long ago, however, that the Magic...
Via Orlando Magic Daily
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic Could Discuss Extensions For Vucevic, Harris After Initial Free Agency

The Orlando Magic's officials likely won't make a decision on whether to pursue contract extensions for Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris until after they see how free agency impacts the salary cap. Vucevic and Harris will be eligible for extensions this summer. "I'd love to stay in Orlando," Vucevic said. "I like it here a lot. I like the team. I like...
Via RealGM
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic Musings: Orlando finishes off season with home loss to Indiana

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic ended their season the same way it began in late October, with a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Although the Pacers rested three of their regular starters with the playoffs starting this weekend, they had more than enough firepower to post a 101-86 victory over the Magic, who again saw several of their reserves play more than usual. In addition to...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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