Nikola Vucevic revealed that his trade from the Orlando Magic to the Chicago Bulls was a mutual decision in which he was looped in by his former team.
‘‘Yeah, it wasn’t a situation where they traded me out of nowhere,’’ Vucevic said of the deal that sent him from the Magic to the Bulls last season. ‘‘It was something that we discussed a lot, and it was mutually agreed. It wasn’t a situation where they told me I wasn’t going to get traded and then I get traded. A lot of it came from my communication with them, so it wasn’t a surprise for me.
‘‘Never will I ever have any bad feelings toward Orlando; it will always be positive. It was time for the team to go in a different direction. It was time for something new to happen. It wasn’t working the way we wanted, and I think it worked out for both parties in the end.’’
The Magic acquired Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and two first round picks for Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu.