Deadline day has arrived.
We’ve spent the last few trade deadlines questioning whether it was finally the year the Orlando Magic would break up their longtime core of Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier — the faces of the franchise during what has been the most frustrating stretch of basketball in Magic history.
And yet, when the deadline passed, all were still in pinstripes.
That could change, and most likely will change, over the next few hours, making Wednesday’s win over the Suns the end of an era.
We gathered some reading material in preparation of the trade deadline here, and we will use this space to provide updates and rumors leading up to the 3 p.m. deadline.
Join the conversation below during what will be a very important day for the Magic front office...
3:55 - Porter in Pinstripes?
Multiple teams eyeing Otto Porter Jr., who’s headed to Orlando, as a potential buyout pickup but the veteran forward - for now - plans to remain with the team, league source tells @YahooSports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 25, 2021
3:33 - Teague to be waived
The Magic will receive Jeff Teague and two second-round picks from the Celtics to complete the Evan Fournier trade, league sources tell @JaredWeissNBA and me. Teague has been told he doesn’t have to report to the Magic and will be waived by the Magic, per a league source.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 25, 2021
12:37 - Human Torch is gonna drop 50 tomorrow night (If he’s still on the team)
12:31 - Farewell, Gary Clark...
Orlando is including Gary Clark in the deal too, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
12:30 - Harris and Hampton headed to Orlando
Gary Harris, RJ Hampton and a first-round pick to the Magic for Aaron Gordon, source tells ESPN. https://t.co/VWMUVCokeS— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
12:18 - Gordon headed to Denver?
12:13 - LOL
Hi @celtics fans,— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) March 25, 2021
If you're not familiar with me, please Google my last name.
11:34 - Not sure a traditional and injury-plagued center in Wendell Carter Jr. and what will probably be a pair of mid-first round picks should be considered an “offer we felt we couldn’t pass on”
Per a Magic team source: "We started the week with no intentions of trading Nikola Vucevic. As things went along, we finally got an offer we felt we couldn't pass on. This was not an easy decision for us, given Vooch's status here in Orlando."— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 25, 2021
11:31 - Two down, one to go?
The Magic have moved Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier now -- with Aaron Gordon on deck. Magic will gather significant draft assets today and have young players, Jonathan Isaac and Markele Fultz, under contract long-term.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
11:27 - Fournier next to go?
Boston is in serious talks to acquire Orlando guard Evan Fournier for two second-round picks, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
11:23 - I understand the Bulls’ 2021 pick may fall out of the lottery entirely at this point, but how do the Magic allow it to be top-four protected when they are giving up one of the best players in the league???
The Bulls sent Orlando two first-round picks (2021, 2023) -- including top-4 protected this year, sources said. It will likely convey to Orlando. https://t.co/Y6P6wCndMM— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021
11:05 - Aminu is part of the Vooch deal. Very underwhelming return for a player of Vucevic’s caliber. This better result in the Magic getting a top-three pick in the lottery.
Here's the deal: The Bulls land Nikola Vucevic and Al Farouq Aminu for Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr., and two first-round picks. Huge addition for Chicago, who remains in pursuit of Lonzo Ball. The Magic are moving toward a rebuild now with Aaron Gordon deal on deck.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
11:02 - OMG
Orlando is trading Nikola Vucevic Al-Farouq Aminu to Chicago, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
10:36 a.m. - Nikola Vucevic is still in play, but it’s going to take a lot to pry him away, as it should. Voochc, particularly with his ever-evolving skill set, can still fit into the timeline of a quick reset with a healthy Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac.
Sources: Orlando continues to listen to offers on All-Star Nikola Vucevic, but it would take a substantial package to pry him. As the Magic drill down on Aaron Gordon trades, an additional move w/ Vucevic for assets would set franchise toward more substantial long-term retooling.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
10:01 a.m. - The Nuggets have acquired a backup center, meaning one less potential destinations for Khem Birch. Denver likely is still in play for Aaron Gordon.