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Nikola Vucevic will face his former team on Friday, but has no evil intentions.
“Yeah, it wasn’t a situation where they traded me out of the blue,” Vucevic said when discussing the trade that sent him from the Orlando Magic to the Chicago Bulls last season, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times. “It was something that we discussed a lot and it was mutually agreed. It wasn’t a situation where they told me I wouldn’t be traded, and then I get traded.”
Vucevic also said: “I will never have a bad feeling towards Orlando. It will always be positive.”
The two-time All-Star is part of a formidable roster that includes the Bulls alongside the likes of Zach LaVine, Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso.
Chicago acquired Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu from Orlando last season in a trade that included Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and sent two first-round picks to the Magic. It was a costly deal for the Bulls, but they also have a double threat that anchors their internal offense and defense.
Chicago is 12-7 on the season and tied for second in the Eastern Conference with the Miami Heat. Anything less than a playoff appearance — and perhaps a run to the second round or beyond — would be considered a disappointment.