Rumor: There is ‘smoke’ surrounding Aaron Gordon, Warriors trade talk
With the Golden State Warriors looking to fortify their squad in the hopes of mounting a challenge for next season’s title, the Dubs are heavily expected to make at least some changes on their roster in the offseason. One of the names that has been linked to a move to San Francisco is Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, who could be on his way out of Orlando after six seasons with the franchise.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, there has been some “smoke” surrounding a potential Gordon move for the Warriors, with Golden State in possession of a few assets that might just pique the interest of Orlando’s front office. The Dubs could offer a young prospect such as Eric Paschall in a potential deal, or perhaps their projected top-five pick in the upcoming draft. The Warriors also own the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 first-round pick, and this could also be included in any package centered around Gordon.
Gordon’s best asset for the Warriors would be his athleticism — something that is missing on a Warriors side with an aging core. Gordon, a versatile 6-foot-8 forward, is also just 24, so he could also fit in with Golden State’s future plans if they so desire.
The big question, however, is if the Magic are willing to let Gordon go at this point. The recent Jonathan Isaac injury shook up Orlando’s plans for the immediate future, and with the young forward expected to miss a big chunk of next season because of an ACL tear, the club might just reconsider placing Gordon on the trading block.
Gordon and the Magic are currently on the verge of clinching one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Orlando is 32-37 on the season, which is half a game behind the seventh-seeded Brooklyn Nets and 7.5 games ahead of the Washington Wizards.