Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Orlando Magic who are reportedly having trade talks with the Portland Trail Blazers involving Nikola Vucevic, Mason Plumlee and Al-Farouq Aminu.
The Orlando Magic made a big move in the recent NBA draft when they engaged in a trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Magic sent Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis for Thunder’s Serge Ibaka.
In the recent free agency, the Orlando Magic acquired two big men, Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Green, giving them a logjam on their frontcourt. Also, it remains a question on who will be the starter between Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic.
The Magic signed Bismack Biyombo to a monster four-year deal worth $72 million. This heated up the rumors that Nikola Vucevic will either come off the bench or traded somewhere else. However, Vucevic did not like the idea of being a backup and insisted that he deserves to be a starter.
“I believe I will be the starter — the best player on the team, and the guy who has been here the longest,” Vucevic said. “I’m not taking anything away from Bismack. I just believe I should start.”
The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly interested in trading for Nikola Vucevic. The Blazers have a solid backcourt with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum but need to upgrade their frontcourt. They made a great move in the recent free agency when they acquired Festus Ezeli.
However, Festus Ezeli is not the type of player who is a starting caliber. Dave Deckard of SB Nation suggested that the Portland Trail Blazers should trade Mason Plumlee and Al-Farouq Aminu for Nikola Vucevic.
Nikola Vucevic will definitely bolster the Blazers’ frontcourt and help Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on the offensive end. Vucevic has been the best player for the Orlando Magic for the past two seasons so making him a backup center will be a bad decision.
If the Magic are confident with Bismack Biyombo as their starter, they should trade Nikola Vucevic to other teams like the Portland Trail Blazers. Mason Plumlee would be a viable backup for Biyombo while Al-Farouq Aminu fills the need on their wings.
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