Center Nikola Vucevic looks set to return from injury for the Orlando Magic after the All-Star break, but what should they do with him?
For the Orlando Magic, the All-Star break hasn’t come at the best time in terms of building team chemistry for next season. They’ve won some games, even if the goal at the moment is to tank their way to a high lottery pick, and have looked better on both sides of the ball.
Given how rough things have been for over half a decade now, it really is about taking positives from small victories and sustained runs of good play like this.
So it is somewhat ironic that their most pressing issue once the competitive basketball returns should, in theory, be a massive plus for this team.
Vucevic, who has averaged a double-double in four out of his five full seasons with the team, has been their best player since Dwight Howard left town. He has been nothing but loyal to this franchise and has given them something to cheer for on some horrible teams.
However, it looks like his time with the team is coming to an end. Had it not been for injury, he was a prime candidate to get moved before the trade deadline.
An unrestricted free agent in 2019, the team needs to move him next season if they are to have any hope of getting any players/picks in return for him. The longer this process plays out, the more his value decreases and he is seen more as an expiring contract than anything else. These commodities aren’t what they once were in the NBA.
With all of that playing in the background while the team looks for ways to get dramatically better this summer, here are four ways the Magic can use Vucevic upon his return.