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The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching at 3 p.m., and business is picking up.
The Orlando Magic are trading All-Star center Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls along with Al-Farouq Aminu for Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr. and the Bulls’ 2021 and 2023 first-round picks, according to ESPN.
Vucevic, 30, is averaging 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds this season. He is under contract through the 2022-23 season.
The Magic (15-29) are second-worst in the Eastern Conference and could also trade Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier before the deadline.
The Bulls (19-24) currently occupy the No. 10 seed in the East, the final spot for the play-in tournament.
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Evan Fournier to the Celtics
The Magic continued shedding top players after sending Vucevic to the Bulls, finalizing a trade of swingman Evan Fournier to the Celtics for two second-round picks, ESPN reported. The 28-year-old Fournier is averaging a career-high 19.7 points per game on an expiring contract with a $17.2 million salary-cap hit.
JaVale McGee to the Nuggets
The Cleveland Cavaliers are trading center JaVale McGee to the Denver Nuggets, according to multiple reports. The Cavs are getting Isaiah Hartenstein and two future second-round draft picks, per ESPN. McGee, 33, is averaging 8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He’s one of two big men the Cavs are looking to dump as they’ve been seeking a trade partner for Andre Drummond, though they could buy him out if a trade does not materialize.
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