The Orlando Magic tweaked its rotation a bit with Nikola Vucevic now coming off the bench. Instead, first-year head coach Frank Vogel opted to use Bismack Biyombo and D.J. Augustin as starters.
The reason behind the change by Vogel is to get more energy and production. It is an experiment that could stick, depending on how far the new formula would take the Magic.
Nikola Vucevic Unhappy?
Change is something that anyone would dread (at first) and Nikola Vucevic has come out to talk to Vogel about it. The Swiss 7-footer is obviously unhappy and believes he did not deserve the demotion to the bench.
Right now, Vucevic is riding out the decision and joins many in seeing where this strategy will lead to, Orlando Pinstriped Post reported. He has started in the first 16 games for Orlando so the new role is something he has to get used to.
Make no mistake about it, Vucevic has proven to be an offensive gem since joining the Magic in 2012. He has been averaging double-doubles for the last couple of years so one cannot blame him for being befuddled.
Will Nikola Vucevic seek a trade?
The immediate thing that comes to mind is for Vucevic to eventually seek a trade. With the contributions he has had the past years, it is not hard to see why.
However, Vucevic needs to understand that Vogel is in his first year and wants to adopt some changes likely similar to how he previously did with the Indiana Pacers. That would include improving on being 30th on offense which can only be done through new combinations, Real GM reported.
Along with that intent comes risks on Vogel’s part. The Magic are 6-11 so far and hopefully the new approach helps them to get to .500 at the least. With a young core that has shown promise, it will be interesting how Vogel, Vucevic and the rest can make ends meet.
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