Aaron Gordon wants off Magic with NBA trade deadline approaching

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Forward Aaron Gordon formally has asked for a trade from the Orlando Magic, The Athletic reported Monday.

The Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets have shown interest in acquiring Gordon, per reports.

“There’s been times where I just expressed my frustration to management,” Gordon told reporters on Monday. “Frustration with the losses, the injuries, the way we’ve been playing and how many losses have accumulated over the years. So it’s just my frustration kind of boiling over I would say. … I think a lot of people share that sentiment with me, of frustration.”

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday.

Gordon, 25, is in the third season of his current four-year, $80 million contract. He becomes an unrestricted free agent following the 2021-22 season. The report stated that the trade request came in February.

Gordon erupted for a season-high 38 points in Orlando’s 121-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. He followed that up two days later with just 12 points in a 112-96 setback to the Celtics.

Aaron Gordon wants to be traded off the Magic
Aaron Gordon wants to be traded off the Magic
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“I’m focused on [Wednesday] night,” Gordon said. “As of right now, I’m an Orlando Magic. I’ve been here for seven years, developed a home here, a sense of love and community here. For as long as I have Orlando on my chest, Magic on my chest, I’m going to give it everything I have.”

Gordon is averaging 14.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 23 games this season for the Magic (14-28), who have lost 11 of their last 12 games after Tuesday’s 110-99 loss to the Nuggets.

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