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The Sacramento Kings have Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic on their radar, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
“I know he’s a target, and I know that it will likely require the max,” Amick wrote in a reader mailbag.
Vucevic, 28, is having an All-Star season with career-high averages of 20.8 points, 12.1 rebounds and 52 percent shooting. He becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The Magic (37-38) enter Wednesday’s game at the Detroit Pistons in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Miami Heat. Their offseason priority is to keep Vucevic.
The Kings are looking to make a move in free agency to help their young core of De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein and Buddy Heild.
“They’ve stayed with it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the Magic. “It’s tough to build cultures when you’re constantly making changes. They’ve got a core of guys that they stayed with that have gotten better.”
The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and several others are also believed to have Vucevic on their radar.