Most Likely Destinations For Nikola Vucevic in Free Agency

Max Staley
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Nikola Vucevic is a bit of an awkward fit in the modern NBA – a center who struggles to defend the paint and isn't athletic enough to guard multiple positions. Still, Vucevic has quietly turned himself into one of the best offensive centers in basketball, even developing a reliable 3-point shot.

The Orlando Magic's 7-footer is also an elite rebounder and passer for his position, and he could really help a team if used correctly. With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for Vucevic in free agency.

3. Dallas Mavericks

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While Vucevic might be an awkward fit on many teams, the Dallas Mavericks are uniquely qualified to deal with his lack of athleticism on defense. If Kristaps Porzingis is back to full strength, and legally cleared to play, he's long and athletic enough to erase a lot of Vucevic's mistakes. Running a pick and roll with Vucevic and Luka Doncic could also prove deadly, thanks to the 7-footer's abilities as a shooter and a passer. Dallas might be pursuing bigger names this summer, but Vucevic could be a great signing if they strikeout on those more heralded players.

2. Brooklyn Nets

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The Brooklyn Nets are also targeting some of the more prominent names available this summer, but Vucevic is a nice consolation prize if they can't land a bigger fish. Even though Vucevic's defense is shaky, Jarrett Allen, who averaged 1.5 blocks per game last season, might be athletic enough to make up for some of his deficiencies. Vucevic is also a great facilitator and a decent shooter, so he could be a nice fit offensively next to D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert.

1. Orlando Magic

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The likeliest outcome for Vucevic this summer would be to re-sign with the Orlando Magic. Vucevic has been a franchise cornerstone with Orlando since entering the league in 2011. Letting Vucevic walk away for nothing would be a tough break for the Magic, and he's a great veteran presence who could help the development of Orlando's young players like Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba.


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