Gordon’s trade request comes as a slight surprise, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Postseason teams are keen on him. Orlando is languishing in the lottery and is unlikely to be a contender in the next couple of seasons.
An elite defender and athlete, Gordon is a great fit on various contenders. He can switch, he can shoot a bit. The version of Gordon in Orlando has been a tale of unrealized potential, but that could all change in new surroundings. Perhaps the opportunity to play some smallball five would unlock the best version of Gordon.
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Boston’s looming trade exception will be the focus of many Gordon trade rumors. He checks boxes for them, both providing wing and frontcourt depth. The option to throw Gordon out there with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart will have Bostonians salivating. The defensive potential of those groups is off the charts.
Portland has long made sense as a trade destination for Gordon. This trade request will open up that possibility further, but the Blazers are strapped for assets after the offseason’s Robert Covington deal. Covington and Gordon as a pair aren’t a good fit with Jusuf Nurkic.
Perhaps the most popular destination speculation for Gordon is the Golden State Warriors. A Gordon for Kelly Oubre trade requires just one additional player for the salary to work. Gordon is an awesome fit next to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Would Eric Paschall, a future first and Oubre be enough to get a deal done?
Golden State makes immediate sense. Gordon has another year on his contract after this. He’s at a lower number, which Joe Lacob would surely appreciate.
Gordon is a player loved around the NBA, though. It’s been widely reported how many playoff contenders rate him highly. A case can be made for the Nuggets, Blazers, Mavericks and Celtics. Maybe the Wizards consider it.
If the Warriors want Gordon before Thursday’s trade deadline, the price will be high. They face competition across the league – this could become a bidding war.