Orlando made a big stride to secure its big man.
According to a report from The Athletic, the Magic put together a four-year deal that will exceed $100 million and that was good enough for Nikola Vucevic.
He is planning on committing to the offer when free agency begins 6 p.m. ET Sunday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019
A previous report hinted that the deal would exceed $90 million, which would have been under the amount the All-Star was hoping for.
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
According to an earlier report from The Dallas Morning News, Vucevic was eyeing $25 million per year, which is what he’ll get with the team’s newest terms.
“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).