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Some of you just said, “Who!?”—and rightfully so. This man is still unknown amongst most NBA fans.
However, he is the starting center for the Orlando Magic, and is doing a heck of a job on a sub-.500 team.
Traded to the Orlando Magic in the blockbuster deal that sent Dwight Howard packing, Vucevic is having an outstanding start to his second year in the NBA.
He currently averages 10.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.1 BPG and 50.1 percent FG in 30.1 MPG.
Did I mention he can shoot mid-range jumpers?
He would suit the Miami Heat perfectly. The only problem? The Orlando Magic are rebuilding, and likely wouldn’t want to give up arguably their best and most efficient player.
The good news is, Orlando has great depth up front, with Gustavo Ayon and Glenn Davis able to play the 4 and 5 spots. Andrew Nicholson is a tantalizing prospect to develop off the bench.
Let’s not forget Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu are still on this roster, and the potential to make a deal just grew that extra bit higher. Here is a trade that could make it happen.
Miami receives: Nikola Vucevic, Hedo Turkoglu
Orlando receives: Norris Cole, Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis, Joel Anthony, 76ers' 2013 first-round pick.
Orlando is provided with a great young prospect in Norris Cole as well as the energetic, shot-blocking Joel Anthony (that’s too many compliments, but oh well).
Rashard Lewis and Mike Miller are able to return to their previous team and provide outside shooting for Joel to dominate down low on the block. (Ok, so that never happens, but Glenn Davis and Gustavo Ayon would surely benefit from this).
The Heat do their division rivals, the Magic, a favour by taking on Hedo’s ridiculous contract, then amnesty him right away.
And just like that, the Heat have a fantastic young center, and relieve some heavy tax penalties by clearing out cap space.