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Report: Magic open to trading Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon, Magic

The Orlando Magic are reportedly having conversations about trading power forward Aaron Gordon this offseason, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

Gordon, one of the best dunkers in the NBA, has been with the Magic since 2014. Orlando selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Arizona.

In 2019-20, Aaron Gordon appeared in 62 games for the Magic. He averaged 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists a night while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Gordon will make $18,136,364 in 2020-21 and $16,409,091 in 2021-22. The 25-year-old signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Magic in the summer of 2018. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason of 2022.

Since getting drafted by the Magic, Gordon has compiled averages of 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 403 regular-season games. Many people around the NBA believe the California native needs a fresh start somewhere else since he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations in Orlando.

The Magic lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2020 playoffs in five games at Walt Disney World in the NBA bubble. Gordon didn’t play in the series due to a nagging hamstring injury.

It’s going to be interesting to see if the Magic decide to move on from Gordon once the 2020 offseason transaction period begins.

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