Can the Magic Hang on to Aaron Gordon?
There is still handful of games left in the NBA’s regular season but is never too early to start looking ahead to free agency, especially the future of the Magic’s Aaron Gordon. The 4th year player is having his best season to date, and is still only 22 years old. Gordon has really seen his production spike this year averaging over 18 points a game to go along with more than 8 rebounds a game. He’s also improved his outside game this season, making him one of the premiere names set to hit free agency. Let’s take a look now at 5 teams that could make a run at signing Gordon this offseason.
1. Phoenix Suns
There’s no question the Suns need an influx of talent and this year’s top draft pick won’t really tip the scales much. Now if you were also able to bring in someone proven like Aaron Gordon, the Suns would at least be respectable again. I’m also not sure playing with Elfrid Payton again is enough pull to convince Gordon to sign with the Suns.
2. Dallas Mavericks
We all know that Dirk Nowitzki cannot play forever so it’s likely that Dallas will be looking for someone to fill his shoes. Gordon has superstar potential and would quickly become a fan favorite with all of his electrifying dunks. Paired with Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Junior, Dallas could have a solid core going forward.
3. Indiana Pacers
If Indiana has a chance to reunite Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon they should take it in a heartbeat. The Pacers will also need some added fire power if they are going to remain atop the Central Division as long as Lebron is in Cleveland. Of course the addition of Gordon would likely mean that Domantas Sobonis would be on the way out of Indiana. Can you imagine how scary a frontcourt of Myles Turner and Aaron Gordon could be!
4. Chicago Bulls
The “Baby Bulls” have once again returned to Chicago with a young nucleus of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Bobby Portis. Signing Gordon would only add to the youth movement in the Windy City. However, Gordon’s amazing upside may not fit in Chicago’s future lineup. Depending on who the Bulls select in this year’s NBA Draft, they will have a pretty crowded frontcourt. Gordon’s natural position is power forward but with Markkanen locked up for the foreseeable future, Gordon would have to shift to the 3. We’ve already seen that Gordon is not as effective when playing small forward.
5. Orlando Magic
Staying home in Orlando may not be as simple as it sounds. The Magic have a track record of not being able to re-sign big name players after their rookie contracts expires. The good news is that Gordon will be a restricted free agent meaning the Magic can match any deal he may receive. But with so much potential and only be 22 years old, you can bet that teams will be lining up to sign this high-flying forward. The question now comes down to Orlando’s front office and whether or not they want build around Gordon or go another route in their rebuild.