Rumors have been swirling all season about a potential Aaron Gordon trade. While the Orlando Magic forward is an exciting player, he hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations this season.
As a result, the Magic reportedly have had some discussions about trading the 6-foot-8 power forward despite signing him to a four-year, $76 million contract in 2018.
“Aaron Gordon’s a player they’ve had some discussions about,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on his podcast with Bobby Marks, per Bleacher Report. “I think it’s a tricky one to trade him now, with the season-ending injuries to Jonathan Isaac, to Al-Farouq Aminu. … If you’re going to move Gordon and you want to try to stick around in the playoff chase…you’ve got to get back a significant amount.”
“I think, for Orlando, if there’s a significant return, I think they would be open to it. But I don’t know if that deal is out there.”
At just 24 years old, the former top-five pick has plenty of untapped potential. The former Arizona product was putting near-All-Star numbers in both the past two seasons.
This season with the Magic, however, Gordon has experienced a bit of regression. The sixth-year pro is averaging just 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting a career-low 41.9 percent from the floor and 29.8 percent from deep.
Despite Gordon’s disappointing season, Orlando still finds itself clinging on to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 21-28 record.
With the Magic drafting both Jonathan Isaac and Chuma Okeke in recent years, it appears that Aaron Gordon’s time as a member of Orlando could be limited if the price is right.