RUMOR: Timberwolves could trade for Aaron Gordon as Magic look to move up in draft
With less than a week before the 2020 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves might have something cooking with the Orlando Magic for a possible draft-day trade. In search of a third impact player to pair with their All-Stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, the Timberwolves reportedly have sights on the high-flying Aaron Gordon.
As relayed by insider Darren Wolfson’s in his podcast (via FanSided), Minny had interest in Gordon at the 2020 trade deadline and could pursue him again. Earlier reports have claimed that the Magic has been aggressively trying to move up the draft, and it just so happens that the Timberwolves have the no.1 overall pick in this year’s rookie selection.
“The Wolves had trade interest in Aaron Gordon of Orlando back in February. My sense is that has not changed,” Wolfson revealed.
The Wolves brass reportedly had New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday in their crosshairs but has decided to no longer pursue him due to some concerns. Instead, they will focus their resources on the 6-foot-8 athletic specimen, who has openly been on the trade market since last week.
“(The Wolves) have kicked the tires on Jrue Holiday. The issue there is he’s a bit older, he can opt-out after next season. All signs point to him opting out after next season,” Wolfson added.
The Timberwolves have not been shy about their desire to trade for Devin Booker in a bid to reunite him with good friends, KAT and D’Lo. The Phoenix Suns, however, are not willing to part ways with their young superstar, who had a breakout year in 2019-20. It makes sense for the Wolves to abandon that thought at the moment and just focus on what’s available right now. Minnesota hasn’t really been sold with the talent in this year’s draft and has been open to parting ways with it if the right deal comes along.
A package involving Aaron Gordon, meanwhile, might just be the best one they Timberwolves will get before November 20. AG’s supreme athleticism would be the ideal complement to Towns’ low-post prowess and Russell’s long-range mastery. Gordon had a down year across the board last year, notching 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game on 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 30.8 percent from deep. Still, a new environment in Minnesota might just be the thing he needs to revive his promising career.