Orlando made a big stride to secure its big man.
According to a report from the New York Times, the Magic are putting together a four-year deal that will exceed $90 million for Nikola Vucevic.
The team is hoping it can complete the agreement with the All-Star center Sunday before anyone else counters.
The Orlando Magic are preparing a four-year offer believed to be in excess of $90 million to their All-Star center Nikola Vucevic in hopes of completing a deal shortly after Sunday’s opening bell in free agency, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 28, 2019
While it’s been rumored he has been working on a new contract with the Magic, other reports have noted Vucevic will be looking else with potential suitors including the Celtics, Lakers and Mavericks.
This could still be a possibility.
According to an earlier report from The Dallas Morning News, the number the Magic are offering is short of the $25 million per year Vucevic was hoping for.
“Last, but not least, is the question of All-Star center Vucevic, who has long been reported, including by The News, as a likely Mavericks free-agent target. Sources, however, now tell The News that while the Mavericks see Vucevic as a viable fit alongside Kristaps Porzingis, Vucevic is seeking a starting salary of $25 million and thus is out of Dallas’ price range. And there is little-to-no chance of Vucevic falling into the Mavericks’ comfort-level price because his current team, Orlando, wants to keep him and because he has other suitors, particularly Sacramento and Boston.“
Vucevic wrapped up his seventh season with the Magic and is coming off a career year where he averaged personal bests in points (20.8) and rebounds (12) per game.