Aaron Gordon seems to be ready to end his tenure with the Orlando Magic, as he reportedly requested a trade from the Floridian team. The forward has been linked with a series of teams in recent months and as the trade deadline approaches, the list appears to get better.
Jared Weiss and Sam Amick of The Athletic report that the player has requested a trade from his first and only team in the league and there are several teams interested in his services after he ends his time in Orlando.
Aaron Gordon is ready for a relocation, as sources tell The Athletic that he asked Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman for a trade through his representative in February.
But will he land in Boston before the NBA’s trade deadline on Thursday? The Celtics have certainly been trying.
Sources say the Celtics, whose significant struggles this season appear to have increased the pressure to add another impactful player in time for the playoff push, have been among the teams engaged with the Magic about a possible Gordon deal. Gordon, who is one of the most sought after players at the deadline, has also been at the center of talks with Houston, Minnesota, Denver and Portland, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Magic have been getting offers since last season, apparently, but they've made it very clear that they want a big return for Gordon.
The Magic have been listening to offers for Gordon going back to last season, maintaining an asking price of multiple first-round picks or a pick with a good young player, per sources. But with Gordon having made it clear last month that he’s ready to move on, and interested teams well aware that he’s eager for a new start in a competitive environment where he can play a pivotal role, it still remains to be seen if a Gordon deal will go down.
We're three days away from the trade deadline and this will be another story we need to pay attention to. Gordon could be a good addition to any contender in the league and we're really close to discovering where he'll go next. This season, he's averaging 14.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 23 games with the Magic.