Shams Charania of The Athletic:
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2019
Orlando (6-8) is sputtering along in the middle of a mediocre Eastern Conference. Losing Nikola Vucevic will hurt, but it’ll be difficult to fall too far in this playoff race.
At least Orlando has a couple interesting options behind Vucevic at center. The No. 6 pick in last year’s draft, Mohamed Bamba has shown flashes but mostly struggled so far. He’s in line for a bigger role, and the 21-year-old will have no choice but to sink or swim. Khem Birch is more stable and just better at this point, but he’s more limited.