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Breaking: Magic trading Nikola Vucevic to Bulls

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The Orlando Magic are trading Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Chicago Bulls for Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Magic are also receiving a pair of first round draft picks from the Bulls.

Those picks will be in 2021 and 2023, Wojnarowski adds.

This is a stunning move and a very important addition for the Bulls who are also in pursuit of Lonzo Ball.

The Magic trading away Vucevic is a signal that they are moving toward a full-on rebuild, as Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier are also expected to be traded.

It was recently reported that the Magic were listening to offers for Vucevic, but it was going to take a “substantial package” to pry him away.

The Bulls’ leadership – executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas, general manager Marc Eversley and head coach Billy Donovan – wanted to bring on a productive, serious-minded veteran player to be a cornerstone for the Bulls and they get one in Vucevic, Wojnarowski notes.

The Bulls are going all in on making a playoff push and surrounding Zach LaVine with other assets.

Carter will get a fresh start with the Magic, as he is still a player with upside.

He will likely slot in as the starting center.

It’s unclear if the rebuilding Magic will hold on to Porter or trade him away somewhere else.

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