The Orlando Magic traded All-Star middle Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls in change for Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and two first-round picks, it was introduced Thursday.
The primary-round picks going to the Magic are for 2021 and 2023, sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Bulls additionally acquired middle Daniel Theis and taking pictures guard Javonte Inexperienced in a separate commerce with the Boston Celtics. In change, Chicago despatched Mo Wagner, who that they had acquired earlier Thursday in one other cope with the Washington Wizards, to the Celtics together with Luke Kornet.
Vucevic, who’s averaging a career-best 24.5 factors and 11.8 rebounds this season whereas taking pictures 40.6% from 3-point vary, is a big addition for the Bulls. The Magic are transferring towards a rebuild, with Aaron Gordon having been dealt to Denver on Thursday.
“Anytime you commerce a participant like Nikola, it’s a robust resolution to make,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman stated in an announcement. “‘Vooch’ will go down as the most effective gamers to ever put on a Magic uniform and we will not thank him sufficient for all of the contributions he made to the group, each on and off the court docket.”
After additionally including two second-round picks with the trade of guard Evan Fournier to the Celtics on Thursday, the Magic are gathering significant draft assets to build around young players Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz, who are under long-term contract.
Chicago’s leadership — Arturas Karnisovas, Marc Eversley and Billy Donovan — wanted to bring on a productive, serious-minded veteran player to be a cornerstone for the Bulls. They get one with Vucevic, who has been a pillar with Orlando.
“He can score, he can score down low or from the three, he’s a facilitator,” Bulls executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas said of Vucevic. “He’s going to make everybody’s life much easier.”
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The Bulls also acquired Troy Brown and Wagner from the Wizards in exchange for Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchinson. Wagner was then shipped to Boston in the Theis deal.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Vucevic, who has two years and $46 million remaining on his contract after this season, is just one of four players in the league to average 21 points and 11 rebounds over the last three seasons, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns.
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Vucevic, who entered the NBA with the 76ers because the sixteenth general decide within the 2011 draft, was traded to the Magic after his rookie season. In 10 seasons, the two-time All-Star choice (2019 and 2021) has averaged 16.7 factors and 10.3 rebounds.
He’s certainly one of simply three gamers to succeed in the ten,000 level milestone with Orlando, trailing solely Dwight Howard and Nick Anderson.
The 28-year-old Theis is averaging 9.5 factors and 5.2 rebounds for the Celtics, with whom he performed for 4 seasons.
Aminu is averaging 5.5 factors and 5.4 rebounds in his second season with the Magic. He has additionally performed for the Clippers, Pelicans, Mavericks and Path Blazers throughout his 11 NBA seasons.
Carter, 21, the seventh general pick of Duke in 2018, is averaging 10.9 factors and seven.8 rebounds for the Bulls this season.
Porter can be becoming a member of his third NBA workforce, having performed for the Wizards and Bulls since getting into the league in 2013 because the third general decide. The 27-year-old ahead is averaging 9.9 factors and 5.5 rebounds this season for Chicago.
“Wendell is a gifted, younger participant, who’s simply beginning to blossom,” Weltman stated. “We’re excited not solely so as to add him to our workforce, however to observe him proceed to grow to be the participant we predict he can grow to be. We’re completely happy to welcome Wendell and Otto to the Magic household.”
ESPN’s Eric Woodyard contributed to this report.