NBA: Magic keep Vucevic, Ross; add Aminu


Posted at Jul 01 2019 11:57 AM

The Orlando Magic retained All-Star center Nikola Vucevic as expected after the start of free agency on Sunday and also retained swingman Terrence Ross and added free agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu.


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Vucevic agreed to a four-year, $100 million deal, his agent, Bill Duffy told ESPN. Ross reportedly received a four-year, $54 million deal, and Aminu landed a three-year, $29 million pact to leave the Portland Trail Blazers.

Keeping Vucevic was vitally important for a Magic squad that ended a six-season postseason drought by making the playoffs this past season.

"Let's keep this thing going Orlando!!!" Vucevic tweeted shortly after the free agency period began.

Vucevic, 28, set career highs across the board last season with 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 80 games, earning his first All-Star nod. He missed out on a career high in minutes per game (31.4) but missed just two regular-season games after missing 87 across his first six seasons in Orlando.

A first-round pick (16th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011, Vucevic played one season in Philly before joining the Magic in a four-way trade in August of 2012.

He has career averages of 15.7 points and 10.1 rebounds in 536 games (475 starts).

Ross averaged a career-best 15.1 points off the bench last season while being one of the league's top reserves.

The swingman made a career-best 217 3-pointers -- his previous high was 161 for the Toronto Raptors in 2013-14 -- while making 38.3 percent of his long-range attempts.

The 28-year-old Ross has career averages of 10.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 492 games over seven seasons. He has made 891 3-point baskets.

Aminu averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds in 81 games last season for a Portland team that reached the Western Conference finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors. It was his fourth season with the Trail Blazers.

Aminu, 28, has averages of 7.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 670 career games over nine seasons.

--Field Level Media

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