Aaron Gordon out for Magic vs. Suns due to right calf tightness
Gordon, 24, is dealing with tightness in his right calf, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic. The former fourth-overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft previously missed back-to-back games against the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards around the turn of the year.
Aaron Gordon (right calf tightness) will not play tonight when the Magic face the Suns, Steve Clifford said. Wes Iwundu and Khem Birch will start at the forward spots.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) January 11, 2020
The Magic are 2-3 without Gordon in the lineup this season. In 2019-20, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 13.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 41.0 percent from the field.
Gordon has been a name to watch for in recent trade rumor chatter. One prominent theory suggested was Gordon getting dealt for Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell.
Russell, in his first season with the Bay Area franchise, was an All-Star last season with the Brooklyn Nets. That deal doesn’t look to be materializing any time soon, however.
The good news for Russell, who has battled injuries of his own this season while averaging 23.2 points, six assists and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games for the floundering Warriors? A source with knowledge of the Warriors’ thinking deems it “unlikely” that he will be moved. And for those Magic fans who have been hoping for a Gordon-for-Russell swap, another source with knowledge of the Warriors’ dealings offered a hard “no” when asked specifically about that scenario.
At the end of last week, Aaron Gordon admitted to playing with an injured Achilles. Now he’s out with a sore calf, preventing the Magic from getting a fully healthy player involved.
Despite being two games under .500, the Magic are currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.