Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer says general manager Bob Myers has been active on the trade front leading up to Thursday’s deadline. O’Connor reports that the Warriors are one of several teams interested in Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon.
Gordon signed through 2021-22, and his cap hit will be $16.4 million next season. The 25-year-old is averaging 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists for a bad Magic team. Orlando’s net rating is 5.5 points better with Gordon on the court, per NBA.com.
Gordon would give head coach Steve Kerr another versatile forward who is an above-average defender. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst gave some insight into what the Magic’s asking price is for Gordon (h/t Bleacher Report):
“Aaron Gordon is the name I’m hearing most often as the top guy out there. A number of teams have contacted the Magic with offers and their ask is pretty high here. They’re looking for multiple first-round picks or a first-round pick and another young player. It’s not 100 percent certain that Gordon is going to get moved, they could move him this summer, but keep an eye on this guy because he could make a difference for some teams. With one year left on his contract too, he would also be in line for maybe getting a contract extension if he gets traded.”
The Dubs hold their own top-20 protected pick plus the Minnesota Timberwolve’s top-three-protected pick that becomes unprotected in 2022, so they could meet Orlando’s demands.
O’Connor adds that Golden State is actively shopping soon to be free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. Myers could get another future asset in exchange for Oubre or use his expiring deal as a trade chip for Gordon. The 25-year-old is averaging 15.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season and has let it be known that he would like to stay in the Bay Area.
Trading for Gordon would signal that Myers believes the Warriors could win a championship next season. With a healthy Klay Thompson, Curry, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, an improving James Wiseman and Gordon, the Dubs would be among the favorites for the 2021-22 campaign.
Of course, Myers could hang on to Minnesota’s valuable pick and use it in a deal for another star-level player during the offseason. The other option would be to keep the pick to get another blue-chip prospect to pair with Wiseman to give the franchise two young building blocks.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Oubre moved for a future pick before Thursday. The emergence of Jordan Poole makes it easier to soften the blow of an Oubre trade and keep the Warriors in the playoff hunt.
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