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Last Updated: March 29, 2021

Orlando Magic Send Nikola Vucevic to Chicago Bulls in Four Player Trade

Introduction

On Thursday, March 25th, 2021 just prior to deadline for the trade deadline set by the National Basketball Association the Orlando Magic have decided to trade their NBA All-Star center Nikola Vucevic as well as forward Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., and two first-round draft picks. Those first round draft selections going to the Orlando Magic will be for the 2021 and 2023 NBA drafts.

Through a separate trade with the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls have also acquired center Daniel Theis in return the Boston Celtics will receive power forward/center Mo Wagner who the Chicago Bulls picked up earlier in the day on Thursday in a whole other trade negotiated successfully with the Washington Wizards. I know it is a lot to consume all at once so I will break it down in an easier way to understand right below.

The Chicago Bulls acquired:

  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Al – Farouq Aminu
  • Daniel Theis
  • Troy Brown

The Orlando Magic picked up:

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
  • Otto Porter Jr.
  • 2 First – Round Draft Picks

The Boston Celtics received:

  • Moritz Wagner

The Washington Wizards just got:

  • Daniel Gafford
  • Chandler Hutchinson

Nikola Vucevic

The transaction for the Chicago Bulls to scoop up Vucevic from the Orlando Magic was enormously huge for the young, agile, and rebuilding Chicago Bulls basketball squad led by their head coach, Billy Donovan. Nikola possesses all the skills and talents that anyone could ask for out of a center or big man that plays like a guard or small forward. He can handle the ball well, dish out sweet passes to his teammates, shoot from all over the court including behind the three – point stripe, and yank down rebounds.

The president of basketball operations for the Orlando Magic, Jeff Weltman, had this to say regarding Nikola Vucevic, "Anytime you trade a player like Nikola, it is a tough decision to make. 'Vooch' will go down as one of the best players to ever wear a Magic uniform and we can't thank him enough for all the contributions he made to the organization, both on and off the court."

Vucevic is currently averaging a career-best 24.5 points per game as well as pulling down an average of 11.8 boards per ball game while altogether hitting 40.6 % of his three – point shot attempts. The talents and basketball I. Q of the 30-year-old veteran big-man originally from Switzerland will help the Chicago Bulls transform their team from a nobody to someone the National Basketball Association should be aware of.

Vucevic’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • 2 Time NBA All – Star (2019, 2021)
  • Montenegrin League Champion (2011)
  • Montenegrin Cup Champion (2011)
  • AP Honorable Mention All – American (2011)
  • First – Team All – Pac – 10 (2011)
  • Second – Team All – Pac – 10 (2010)

Carter’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • Second – Team All – ACC (2018)
  • ACC All – Freshman Team (2018)
  • McDonald's All – American (2017)

Porter Jr.’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • Consensus First – Team All – American (2013)
  • Big East Player of the Year (2013)
  • First – Team All – Big East (2013)

Aminu’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • Second – Team All – ACC (2010)
  • ACC All – Freshman Team (2009)
  • McDonald's All – American (2008)
  • First – Team Parade All – American (2008)
  • Mr. Georgia Basketball (2008)

Theis’ Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • 3 Time German League Champion (2015–2017)
  • German Cup Winner (2017)
  • German Supercup Winner (2015)
  • German League Best Defender (2017)
  • 4 Time German League All – Star (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • German League Most Effective German Player (2016)
  • All – German League Second Team (2016)
  • German League Best Young Player (2014)

Wagner’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • Second – Team All – Big Ten (2018)
  • Big Ten Tournament MVP (2018)

Odds to Win the 2020-2021 NBA Championship

According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds as of Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 to win the 2020 – 2021 NBA championship outright. Teams in bold below were involved in the deals discussed above.

Team                                                   Odds
Los Angeles Lakers                            +275
Brooklyn Nets                                       +275
Los Angeles Clippers                            +500
Milwaukee Bucks                                  +700
Utah Jazz                                              +800
Philadelphia 76ers                              +1200
Denver Nuggets                                  +2500
Phoenix Suns                                      +2800
Miami Heat                                          +3300
Boston Celtics                                     +3500
Dallas Mavericks                                 +4000
Toronto Raptors                                   +5000
Portland Trail Blazers                           +6000
Golden State Warriors                          +6600
Indiana Pacers                                    +6600
New Orleans Pelicans                        +10000
Atlanta Hawks                                    +10000
San Antonio Spurs                              +10000
Memphis Grizzlies                              +15000
Washington Wizards                           +15000
New York Knicks                                 +15000
Charlotte Hornets                                +20000
Oklahoma City Thunder                      +25000
Chicago Bulls                                      +25000
Orlando Magic                                    +30000
Sacramento Kings                              +30000
Cleveland Cavaliers                           +30000
Houston Rockets                                +50000
Minnesota Timberwolves                   +100000
Detroit Pistons                                    +100000

 

Sources:

“Orlando Magic trade Nikola Vucevic to Chicago Bulls in four-player deal, get two first-round picks”, espn.com, March 25, 2021.

“United States, NBA Futures – NBA 2020 / 21 Championship: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, March 23, 2021.


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