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Orlando Magic played “Kick the Can” again when he dumped Nikola Vucevic & Co. at the NBA close

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Photo by Headline Surfer / NBA All Star Center Nikola Vukevic was at the heart of a multiplayer deal with the Chicago Bulls that earned the Orlando Magic three first-round draft picks.

By HENRY FREDERICK / Headline Surfer

Blog: People, Places & Things

ORLANDO, Fla. – There’s an age-old term that certainly applies to the Orlando Magic’s bloodshed on the Star List: kicking the can down the street.

In the rhetoric of some lawmakers, it has become a colorful and slightly critical new way of referring to postponing work on a topic for a later date. … and some standard reference works were in agreement: stepping on the can means nothing more than a shift, as described in merriam-webster.com.

The Orlando Magic were a far cry from an NBA championship contender, but for the past two seasons they’ve been good enough to make the postseason with first-round exits. As the clock neared the close of trading on Wednesday at 3 p.m., their top three players – Nikola Vukevic, Aaron Gordon – were largely traded in for future draft picks.

And so this perennial small market team is pushing the rebuilding of its depressed fan base once again, with the promise of a far more competitive squad with patience as an introduction to the action: This is nothing more than the proverbial Kick the Can game.

These were Magic’s trades on NBA.com:

Bulls Acquire Vucevic From Magic (March 25)

Cops get:

  • Nikola Vucevic
  • Al-Farouq Aminu

Get magic:

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
  • Otto Porter Jr.
  • Two future first-round picks

Celtics Adds Fournier in Using Magic (March 25)

Celtics get:

Get magic:

  • Jeff Teague (canceled)
  • Two future second round picks

Official publication: Magic | Celts

Magical Trade Gordon in Nuggets (March 25th)

Get magic:

  • Gary Harris
  • RJ Hampton
  • Future first round picks

Get nuggets:

Official publication: Magic | Nuggets

About the byline writer:

Henry Frederick Bio / Headline Surfer Henry Frederick is the editor of Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 Internet news agency that launched 12 years ago and serves the greater Daytona Beach, Sanford and Orlando, Florida area through HeadlineSurfer.com. Frederick has received more than a hundred print & online journalism industry awards – more than any other member of the Central Florida working press since the mid-1990s. He earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in 2019. After witnessing the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Florida’s death chamber and other high profile cases, Frederick appeared on national crime documentary programs on Discovery ID and Reelz for his investigative coverage and the latest Cops & Courts news. Award-winning journalism by Henry Frederick.

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