Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, and Other Possible Trade Destinations for Aaron Gordon

Published 03/22/2021, 2:57 PM EDT
Mar 18, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) looks to pass between New York Knicks forward Julius Randle and center Nerlens Noel (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 18, 2021, in New York. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Gordon joined Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA Draft. Magic paved the way for Gordon’s NBA career by selecting him with the 4th overall pick, but his stint in Orlando might soon come to an end. 


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Gordon has played in Orlando for the past 7 years, but the franchise hasn’t produced eye-catching results. Although they’ve been making it to the postseason for the past 2 years, a 1st-round exit has been inevitable so far. 

As for Aaron Gordon, he hasn’t fully thrived as an individual with the Magic. Although he was touted as having the potential to carry them to the promised land, the forward’s numbers don’t reflect the same.


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Furthermore, the Magic’s dismal form this season has urged Gordon to request a formal trade. 

Five teams that can sign Aaron Gordon before the trade deadline

The Orlando Magic are stuck in a trench of troubles and Gordon wants out. They recently suffered a 9-game losing streak, and Gordon does not want to suffer anymore, despite a year remaining in his contract.

So which teams should look to trade for Aaron Gordon?

Mar 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) drives down the court in the second quarter against Brooklyn Nets forward Bruce Brown (1) at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets are the first team on the list owing to their string of poor performances. Aaron Gordon can certainly rejuvenate their form if traded, but there are complications that come along with the thought. 

The Rockets can trade Victor Oladipo and get Gordon in return, but that is a move that hardly makes sense. They would want to build their future around these two players and doing it with just one would hinder their success. 

Houston has a few first-round picks at their disposal and can add players like Danuel House to match Gordon’s salary. 

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets too, have enquired about Aaron Gordon, which is indeed to bolster their frontcourt options. Denver can acquire a player like Gordon and aim to finish higher in the West. 

While they have very little time to make a move, the Nuggets might consider trading an upcoming youngster along with a 1st-round pick, but they would also need to send out somebody like JaMychal Green or Paul Millsap to match the salary cap.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are one of the most-watched teams in the trade market. While they are interested in multiple players, Aaron Gordon makes the cut yet again. 

The Celtics have a huge $28.5 million trade exception, gained from Gordon Hayward’s departure to Charlotte. The sign-and-trade has given the Celtics a huge opportunity, and the franchise will sign a player before the trade deadline. 

While they’re looking at Gordon, Boston has also laid its sights on Hawks’ John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic. 

Detroit Pistons

Chris Haynes reported that the Detroit Pistons have come calling for Aaron Gordon. It is quite impressive to see so many teams knocking on the door for the forward, and it implies that he’s got a bright future if he makes the move. 

While one might wonder if the Pistons really require a player like Gordon, and it’s quite natural. They would have to part ways with Delon Wright or Mason Plumlee plus one other player, and it’s debatable if they should. 

Portland Trail Blazers

The NBA trade deadline for 2021 is March 25th, and teams would make last-minute moves to bolster their chances. Be it a championship-contending team or any other franchise, everyone would like to make a surge. 

The Portland Trail Blazers are rumored to be interested in signing Aaron Gordon, and it is justifiable. The Blazers are 6th in the West and their 59.5% winning rate is impressive. 


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The best possible lineup for Portland would be to pair Robert Covington with Gordon and improve on their wing play by adding the latter into the mix. 

Mar 18, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon dunks the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Thursday, March 18, 2021, in New York. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

All these teams are rumored to be in pursuit of Aaron Gordon, yet he can only join one team at the moment. Will it be an extension in Orlando or aloha to a new team in the NBA? 


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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.