Since the NBA’s All-Star break is finished, the group’s consideration can go to the March 25 exchange cutoff time sincere, and the Boston Celtics guarantee to be one of the additional fascinating groups available.
The Celtics entered the break on a four-game series of wins that supported them two games over .500, yet they have not resembled a competitor in spite of high preseason assumptions. With the greatest TPE in NBA history in his back pocket — a $28.5 million device — Celtics GM Danny Ainge has a few choices.
“The Heat, Spurs, Celtics, and Hornets have all expressed significant interest in acquiring All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, league sources say,” O’Connor wrote, adding that league executives are “skeptical” Orlando will make a deal.
“If they do, the price would be high,” O’Connor wrote.
This is not the first report tying the Celtics to Vucevic. So who is the Magic big man, and what would he bring to the table? Here’s a closer look.
The big picture
The son of former Euroleague champion Borislav Vucevic, Nikola Vucevic was drafted with the No. 16 pick in 2011 by the Philadelphia 76ers. The next season, he was part of Orlando’s haul in the four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers the first time. Almost immediately, Vucevic became a double-double machine in Orlando — in his first season with the Magic, he averaged 13.1 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, and he set the team record for rebounds in a single game with 29.
Vucevic made his first All-Star team during the 2018-19 season, when he averaged 20.8 points and 12 rebounds per game. He was selected to this year’s All-Star game as well on the strength of his career-high 24.6 points per game (with efficient 48.3/41.2/85.1 shooting splits) while pulling down 11.6 rebounds per game and dishing out 3.7 assists.