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Magic forward Aaron Gordon in ‘terrific shape,’ improving offensive game this summer

Magic, Steve Clifford, Aaron Gordon

Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford says forward Aaron Gordon has been working very hard this offseason.

When the Magic re-signed Gordon to a four-year, $80 million deal last summer, the franchise wanted the high-flyer to take the next step in his development and impact the game on both ends of the floor.

Gordon heard the Magic’s plea loud and clear, as he put up 16.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in the 2018-19 campaign. According to Clifford, Gordon has been doing a lot of shooting work this offseason, which can only bode well for him and the Magic’s offense moving forward.

“He’s been in here working. He’s done a lot with Pat Delany and he’s done a lot of shooting with Bruce Kreutzer,” Clifford told John Denton of Magic.com. “I think he’s in terrific shape and he was here for both optional workouts this week. He’s done a lot, working on his iso-game, working on his post-up game and working on his range shooting.

“But, also, people got to see his ability last year to be a good passer and he was a much better passer than I ever realized. It will come as we become more consistent and relevant, he made strides as a two-way player. He had a great year defensively and I was really disappointed that he didn’t get votes for the All-Defensive team.”

Aaron Gordon shot 44.9 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from beyond the arc last season. Let’s see what his shooting splits are this 2019-20 after a long summer of working diligently on his jump shot.