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Magic "reluctant" to trade Andrew Nicholson at deadline, according to report

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Despite falling out of Orlando's rotation, Nicholson may remain with the club past Thursday's trade deadline.

Andrew Nicholson
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The Orlando Magic may have placed Andrew Nicholson on the trading block, but a quick update from Yahoo! Sports scribe Adrian Wojnarowski suggests the third-year big man could stick with the Magic past Thursday's NBA trading deadline.

The Magic, says Wojnarowski, citing "league sources," are "reluctant" to deal Nicholson because they're "wondering how a new coach next season would better utilize him offensively." Wojnarowski points out that Jacque Vaughn and James Borrego haven't figured how to use Nicholson in their "simplistic" offense.

In his rookie season, Nicholson averaged an efficient 7.8 points per game in just 16.7 minutes. An experiment to expand his range to three-point distance in his sophomore campaign tanked his efficiency and Orlando has found increasingly less use for him since. The additions of Channing Frye and Aaron Gordon have also played a role in squeezing Nicholson from the rotation.

ESPN.com previously reported that Orlando had given Nicholson's agent permission to seek a trade for his client. Wojnarowski's report suggests that the Magic won't simply give the 25-year-old prospect away, however.

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