Magic Extend Big Man Nikola Vucevic on 4-Year Deal
The Orlando Magic are just another young team trying to get better. They clearly know that to do so, you have to keep your talent around. That especially applies to talented big men.
Per reports, the team has reached an agreement on a four-year extension with center Nikola Vucevic. The deal is reportedly worth roughly $53 million and will run keep one of the best young centers in Florida for the next several seasons.
Vucevic earned it
The nice part is this isn’t a case of leverage or over-paying a player who doesn’t deserve it. Big men are hard to find in the NBA and quality big men that consistently produce are even more difficult to find and actually keep around.
But Vucevic isn’t just a young center. He’s a very good one, too. Vucevic has developed into a reliable low-post scorer, posting at least 13 points and 11 rebounds per game over the past two years. He’s also remained a 50% shooter, while contributing nearly a bloc per game.
The best part is the seven footer is just 23 years old and hasn’t maxed out his upside yet. He could still improve as a rebounder and shot-blocker, while he has the ability to be leaned on more as a scorer, as well.
Orlando on the verge?
The Magic were terrible after they traded away center Dwight Howard, but they acquired Vucevic and numerous other prospects. Slowly but surely Vucevic and the rest of the roster has come together and formulated a very talented and interesting squad.
Orlando probably isn’t about to make the playoffs during the 2014-15 NBA season, but they’re certainly getting closer. One thing is for sure, keeping a reliable big man like Vucevic around enhances the Magic’s odds of making the playoffs in the very near future.
In fact, with Vucevic in place for the next four years, it’s not crazy to think the Magic could eventually make a deep playoff run if they can put the right veteran pieces in place.
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