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All-Star Break Trade Rumors


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https://theathletic.com/2425373/2021/03/04/nba-trade-news-rumors-blake-griffin-p-j-tucker-andre-drummond-shams/

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The Celtics and Hornets are among teams interested in Magic two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic

I can't read the article but Shams is quoted saying we have inquired about Vucevic.. he has 3 years of his $26m deal left.. that is a solid deal but not cheap.. we would really have to question what we would give up..

Ball, Hayward & Rozier are the untouchables on our roster - right?
Bridges, Monk, PJ and Graham are the ones you DON'T want to include in a trade unless the right deal comes along.
Zeller is really the only 'large' contract of value. Also, I would have never thought about adding our 1st round pick in any deal until the past month. For a player of Vucevic's caliber, we would most certainly have to include it.

Would you be willing to give up Zeller, PJ & Martin + (Top 10 protected) 1st round pick = Vucevic ??


If not, here are some more affordable Big Men I'm interested in are:
Whiteside, SAC: $1.6 - 1 yr
McGee, CLE: $4.2 - 1 yr
Plumplee, DET: $8 - 3 yr
Ed Davis, MIN: $5 - 1 yr

 

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Yeah, no way to PJ. I don't think you give up Miles just because his chemistry with Melo. Devonte is nice and I love him but he's somewhat redundant with Melo as the PG and you can sell high on Devonte. Not bad for a 2nd round pick. The first rounder is honestly not a big deal to me. Normally, I hate it, but I really don't see many guys in the draft that have even a decent chance of being an upgrade over anyone on the team currently. 

 

Honestly, that could be a really good team. I don't LOVE Vucevic because of his defensive limitations but he's still a big upgrade offensively over what we have now. 

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What about going for Jarrett Allen, JaVale McGee, or Andre Drummond in FA this summer?  Cody and Biz both fall off the books after this season.

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from the article...

 

The Celtics and Hornets are among teams interested in Magic two-time All-Star Nikola Vucevic, sources said. Rival teams expect that any haul for Vucevic would have to be massive. The 7-foot big man is having his best NBA season, averaging 24.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range. Vucevic has spent nine of his 10 NBA seasons in Orlando.

https://theathletic.com/2425373/2021/03/04/nba-trade-news-rumors-blake-griffin-p-j-tucker-andre-drummond-shams/

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Fairly steep price but Zeller, Bridges, Graham and next years first probably gets it done.  The big loss there is Bridges IMO and not the first as that is probably a non lotto pick.

Probably weren’t resigning Zeller and maybe couldn't afford Graham either.

Still lots to give up but Vucevic is one of the best bigs in the NBA.

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A big man will be available this summer, man I wish we had snagged Christian Wood when we had the chance. I'd pursue Vuc but I would not give up more than Zeller and a future first 

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2 hours ago, Proudiddy said:

Zeller, Graham, and picks are all I'm willing  to offer.  PJ if absolutely necessary.  

Melo, Rozier, Hayward, and Miles are my untouchables.

100%

Hell, throw in Richards.

Zeller+Graham+Richards+2021 unprotected+2023 unprotected.

Let's do it!!

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We just really need a front court and we're not getting Mobley.  The rest of the draft sucks at the 4 & 5.

And I think our small ball lineups are legit so we really just need a 24 min+ 5 that can maybe stretch.

Rim protection+shooting (but 3s aren't a must).  Vuc would be dope.

Wood would've been dope.

Still think Bagley is an offseason target.

It's a big void that we could really catapult ourselves into a top-4 east team with the right guy.

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13 hours ago, SOJA said:

A big man will be available this summer...

I doubted that statement and looked at the FA big men pool next year.. the market looks open but most are restricted, meaning we will have to throw a bag of $$$ and hope the other team won't match. The remaining FA big men won't really move the needle for us but I bolded a few options that could be had at a decent price:

Andre Drummond
John Collins (restricted) – $$$
Lamarcus Aldridge
Harrell (Player Option)
Ibaka (Player Option)
Jarrett Allen (restriced) – $$$
Tristan Thompson (Player Option)
Lauri Markkanen (restriced) – $$$
PJ Tucker
Paul Millsap
Richaun Holmes
Hasan Whiteside
Mitchell Robison (Team Option)
Cody Zeller
Enes Kanter
Kelly Olynyk
Bobby Portis (Player Option)
Nerlens Noel
JaVale McGee
Dwight Howard
Boban – U RANG!!!
Zach Collins (restriced) – $$$

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On 3/4/2021 at 8:12 PM, SOJA said:

A big man will be available this summer, man I wish we had snagged Christian Wood when we had the chance. I'd pursue Vuc but I would not give up more than Zeller and a future first 

What's worse is we HAD Christian Wood back in 2016-2017. Had him on a 2 year deal at $944K a year. The second year was a team option but we let him go because Clifford didn't think he could contribute. He could've been here and part of the young core for the past several years.

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