Rumor: Suns, Mavs, Pacers expected to make a run at Aaron Gordon this offseason
The Orlando Magic will have some decisions to make as this summer approaches, with forward Aaron Gordon as one of the most coveted restricted free agents for this 2018 offseason, and one that is peaking at the right time.
According to Sean Deveney of The Sporting News, teams like the Phoenix Suns could make a run at Gordon, who played for the University of Arizona for one season, prior to being drafted in 2014. Others like the rebuilding Dallas Mavericks could look for an athletic forward to pair up with rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes, taking off some of the toll of having a franchise legend like Dirk Nowitzki retire in the near future.
“The Pacers intend to investigate restricted free agents, too, hoping to add young talent to an improving roster,” wrote Deveney. “Still, if any team makes a formal offer, the Magic can match it.”
Gordon has made the most of his contract year, and while he’s improve steadily every year, he’s blossomed into a promising building block with averages of 18.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, and improving on his 3-point percentage with a career-high 34.6 percent.
The Bay Area native will need to show consistency for the rest of the season after suffering a hip flexor injury in January — if he can show that, it won’t be long until teams extend offers for his services.
Phoenix, Dallas, and Indiana all have the cap room to make an enticing offer, and this new, revamped Magic front office comprised of Jeff Weltman and John Hammond “ideally would wipe the slate clean” — already trading away their promising point guard Elfrid Payton for a second-round pick.
If the Magic allow it, these three teams will be in the mix for a battle royale to make the juiciest offer for the 22-year-old come July.