Magic Exercise Third-Year Option on Nikola Vucevic


October 27, 2012

ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic have exercised their third-year team option on the contract of center Nikola Vucevic, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Vucevic is now under contract through the 2013-14 season.

Vucevic (7’0”, 240, 10/24/90) was acquired by Orlando from Philadelphia as part of a four-team, 12-player deal on Aug. 10, 2012. He played in 51 games (15 starts) during his rookie campaign last season with the Sixers, averaging 5.5 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. in 15.9 minpg. Vucevic ranked among all NBA rookies in rebounding (t-sixth), blocked shots (t-sixth) and field goal percentage (.450, eighth). He led (or tied) the Sixers in scoring four times and in rebounding nine times. Vucevic also played in one playoff outing.

Orlando opens the 2012-13 regular season on Friday, Nov. 2 vs. Denver at Amway Center. Game time is 7 p.m.