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Chicago Bulls get All-Star Nikola Vucevic and Al-Farouq Aminu in trade with Orlando Magic



The Chicago Bulls have acquired center Nikola Vučević (KNEE-coal-uh VOOCH-uh-vitch) and forward Al-Farouq Aminu (al-fah-ruke ah-ME-new) from the Orlando Magic in return for forward Otto Porter Jr. what’s more, focus Wendell Carter Jr., just as two first-round picks with certain lottery position protections.

A two-time All-Star, Vučević (7-0, 260) has averaged at the points of 16.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 30.5 minutes per game while shooting .497 from the field over his 10 NBA seasons. This season, he’s averaging a career-high 24.5 points per game to oblige 11.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists 44 games (44 beginnings). Vučević has scored in double figures each game this season, including 32 20-point games, nine 30-point games and two 40-point games. His 30 games with 10-plus rebounds are the fifth-most in the NBA.

Vučević has one triple-double in 2020-21, and his 30 double-doubles are tied for the third-most in the NBA this season. On March 14 versus Miami, Vučević posted 38 points, 10 bounce back and six helps while shooting 6-of-13 from 3-point range, making him the third community in NBA history (Jokic, Cousins) with at any rate 35 points, 10 bounce back, five helps and five 3-pointers made during a single game.

Vučević was chosen 16th generally speaking by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2011 NBA Draft and was exchanged to Orlando as a feature of a four-group bargain on Aug. 10, 2012. He has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week multiple times, and his bounce back per game normal has been in the best 20 of the NBA multiple times in 10 seasons.

Vučević has seven profession games with 20 points and 20 rebounds, and his all out of 356 twofold pairs are second just to Andre Drummond in the years since he entered the alliance in 2011-12. He has been in the Playoffs multiple times, once with Philadelphia his newbie season and twice with Magic. In the 2020 postseason, he found the middle value of 28.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 helps while shooting .505 from the field, .409 from three and .909 from the free throw line in five games against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Selected eighth-overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the L.A. Trimmers, Aminu (6-8, 220) has found the middle value of 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 aids 25.0 minutes per game over his 11-season career with the Clippers, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.

In 17 games in 2020-21, he is posting 5.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game on .404 shooting from the field. On March 23 versus Denver, Aminu dished a career-high-tying six assists to oblige a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. He missed 27 games toward the beginning of this season because of right knee injury recovery (24) and right knee injury maintenance (3) after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his correct knee on Dec. 2. Aminu has been in the postseason multiple times with the Mavericks and Trail Blazers and has found the middle value of 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists more than 40 games (33 starts).

Watchman Jr. went to the Bulls through trade with the Washington Wizards on Feb. 6, 2019. Over his eight NBA seasons, he’s arrived at the midpoint of 11.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.14 takes in 26.5 minutes per game while shooting .480 from the field and .404 from three.

In 2017-18, Porter Jr. posted vocation highs with 14.7 points per game and .441 shooting from three, which positioned third in the NBA that year. He has been in the Playoffs multiple times, all with the Wizards, where he has averaged at the midpoint of 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 31 games (18 starts).

In his third season, Carter Jr. possesses career averages of 10.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 0.99 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game. He was the seventh-overall selection of the Bulls in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Duke and was named to the 2020 NBA Rising Stars game on the U.S. Group. Carter Jr. has driven the group in twofold copies his last two seasons (17 out of 2019-20 and seven of every 2020-21) and has 31 complete in his career.

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Brooklyn Nets sign Alize Johnson to a multiyear, $4.1M contract



Forward Alize Johnson has consented to a multiyear deal the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent, George Langberg, revealed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson’s productivity permitted him to parlay two consecutive 10-day contracts into his new deal with the Nets.

Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, however needed to stay the course with the Nets, where he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7% shooting in six appearances.

Prior to joining the Nets, Johnson played 31 games with the Indiana Pacers over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Dexter Fowler with torn ACL injury, out for season



Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the group declared Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into a second base on an attempted forceout in Friday’s down against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn’t slide, inciting him to show up gracelessly and crumple to the ground in pain.

The Angels at first diagnosed Fowler to have a sprained left knee, however a follow-up MRI revealed that it was far more serious. The team said Fowler is expected to need six to nine months to recover after surgery.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler, who is set to be a free specialist after the season, doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” he said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Heavenly messengers director Joe Maddon said he replace Fowler with Juan Lagares and Jose Rojas, the last of whom is right now serving in as a utility infielder. Before Sunday’s down against the Blue Jays was delayed because of downpour, Rojas had been scheduled to begin at third base instead of Anthony Rendon, who was managing irritation in his left crotch that came about because of a throw Saturday.

Fowler, acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in early February, was 5-for-20 with six strikeouts to start the 2021 season and has batted .218/.320/.370 in the course of recent years. Be that as it may, Maddon, who recently oversaw Fowler with the Chicago Cubs, said he accepted the outfielder was simply beginning to get moving obnoxiously and will miss his essence in the team.

“He’s one of those glue guys, man,” Maddon said. “He really makes a difference. He does. You talk about it all the time with clubhouse guys, but this guy really is one.”

Fowler’s injury creates an immediate opening for the Angels’ two most encouraging youthful players, Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both of whom are working out at the group’s substitute site in Tempe, Arizona, before the small time season starts. Adell battled as a new kid on the block a year ago, and Marsh presently can’t seem to play above Double-An in the wake of expenditure the Covid abbreviated 2020 season playing mostly intrasquad games.

Maddon said he would concede to the Angels’ minor league development staff on when Adell and Marsh are major league ready.

“It’s hard for me to imagine that they’ve tightened up their game [from spring training] to the point where you want to bring them up yet,” Maddon said.

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Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons



The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the team declared on Wednesday.

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has showed up in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He likewise had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the last year of a two-year extension he endorsed in September 2019. The Bengals will acquire $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur just $666,667 in dead money against the cap, as indicated by Roster Management System.

Bernard began a career-high 10 games in 2020 in light of the fact that Joe Mixon was out with a foot injury. His best rushing performance was a 83-yard exertion in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s most elevated hurrying absolute since Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Mixon, who marked a four-year, $48 million extension a year ago, tweeted Wednesday that he “can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career.”

The Bengals have parted ways with several notable veterans who were essential for the group’s season playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The team released former All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins prior this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green.

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