How the Celtics, Hornets and Timberwolves can trade for Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon
After years of rumors, it could be time for an Aaron Gordon trade. Photo from Sky Sports.

The Orlando Magic has started the second half of the season with a loss to the Miami Heat. They have now lost their last six assignments, dropping to a 13-24 record in the Eastern Conference. It could be time to trade Aaron Gordon.

On top of their six-game losing streak, trade speculations around their key players have ramped up with the March 25 trade deadline coming up. Nikola Vucevic has garnered the most attention, but an Aaron Gordon trade could be the more realistic avenue for the Magic to take.

There are rumors that the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs are both interested in bringing in the high-flying forward, but the Magic front office could look at these three teams to get the most returns.

Celtics

Would the Magic front office break it all up for a potential full rebuild next season? If they finally trade away Vucevic before the deadline, then the Celtics’ Traded Player Exception (TPE) could be an attractive route for the Magic to take.

With the Celtics having three TPEs at their disposal, they have the ability to take in Gordon’s contract without sending a player or two to the Magic to match salaries. That would free up a significant amount of cap space for the Magic.

Of course, the Celtics would want a young talent from the Celtics to spice up the deal. Aaron Nesmith is a promising sweet-shooting rookie. Maybe the Magic can nab either one of Grant Williams or Romeo Langford.

Hornets

But if the Magic wants to hold on to Vucevic in the hopes of building a more legitimate supporting cast around him, they could start by engaging the Hornets in a deal.


With Terry Rozier shooting the lights out and prized rookie LaMelo Ball exceeding even the loftiest expectations set for him, Devonte’ Graham has become an expendable asset for the Hornets.

Graham is coming off a stellar sophomore year in which he garnered serious consideration for the Most Improved Player of the Year award. People forget that he averaged exceptional numbers of 18.2 points and 7.5 assists last season. However, his production dipped this season as he has lagged behind Ball, Rozier, and Gordon Hayward in the team’s hierarchy of options on offense.

With that said, the Magic could make a move for Graham to bring in a young and smart playmaker who is also brimming with tons of potential. A Graham-Gordon trade would make sense for both sides, although the Magic will be tasked to take in another player from the Hornets to match salaries.

Timberwolves

The Wolves have extremely disappointed this season. The significant amount of games that stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have missed greatly contributed to the measly 8-29 record they are sporting this season.

Russell and Towns still have the potential to be a dynamic duo in the West. Adding the all-around skill set of Gordon could help them reach greater heights next season.

The question lies in the package that the Wolves are willing to offer to the Magic. Malik Beasley and the struggling Jarrett Culver could be a starting point in negotiations.

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