Although the Orlando Magic have won just 43 games since trading Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, there have been a few bright spots. Young players, especially center Nikola Vučević, forward Tobias Harris and guard Victor Oladipo and the team added two more lottery pick in this year’s draft, former Arizona Wildcats’ forward Aaron Gordon and former Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns’ point guard Elfrid Payton.
Soon, the Magic will have to begin deciding on the futures of some of these players, likely starting with Vučević.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports the Magic are talking about an extension with Vučević.
Like Harris, the Magic are talking extension with Vucevic, and also like Harris the Magic are in essence bidding against themselves. There is a chance that a deal gets reached this summer to start locking in core pieces, but given that Orlando doesn’t have to set a price today, there is a bigger chance that both Vucevic and Harris hit restricted free agency and let the market place set their price after seeing what both contribute in a season that should be about winning games.
Magic forward Tobias Harris is also looking for a new deal.
Vučević averaged 14.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 50.7% from the field and 76.6% from the free throw line last season. In his three-year career, he’s put up 11.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 steals per game while shooting 50.4% from the floor, 27.3% from downtown and 70.4% from the charity stripe.
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