The Orlando Magic are in Year 7 now of their Aaron Gordon-Evan Fournier-Nikola Vucevic core. But they may be re-evaluating it this trade deadline.
Tim Bontemps of ESPN reported Thursday that multiple league executives wonder if the Magic will consider moving on from Gordon as part of a pivot into a full-on rebuild. The 25-year-old is currently out four-to-six weeks wih an ankle sprain. Bontemps also notes that Fournier is on an expiring contract and is expected to draw trade interest as well.
Gordon has a high floor of production, averaging a typical 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game this season. But he has largely been the same player for his entire career. Meanwhile, the Magic have only made the playoffs twice since Gordon was drafted in 2014, both first-round exits.
Orlando is off to another slow start this season with a record of 8-14. Gordon has strong value from a marketability angle. But as for winning basketball games, the Magic may have already reached their ceiling with him.
Aaron Gordon and Kyle Lowry traded some cheap shots on Sunday as they continued their ongoing beef.
Gordon received a Flagrant 1 foul in the second quarter of the Toronto Raptors’ 115-102 win over the Orlando Magic for this shot on Lowry:
Before you call out Gordon for being dirty, consider that shot was right after Lowry seemed to nail him.
This is a continuation of what happened between them in the bubble in Orlando last year. Lowry took out Gordon with a hard shot in a game between their teams on Aug. 6.
The issues between the players don’t seem like they will go away soon.
The NBA has already postponed seven games due to COVID-19 issues less than a month into the season, and some are wondering if another bubble situation could become necessary. Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon would not be opposed to that, but he doesn’t want to do it at Disney World again.
Gordon tweeted on Wednesday that he would be open to another bubble if it were in a tropical location. He’s thinking Hawaii or the Bahamas, and would want wives and girlfriends to be allowed to join.
“It’s starting to get janky … I’d be cool with a bubble if it was in the Bahamas or Hawaii and we got to bring our family/wife or girlfriend,” Gordon wrote.
Of course, many players would disagree with Gordon. LeBron James said this week that he would be strongly opposed to another bubble, and that opinion is shared by many. Even with multiple postponements already, it seems highly unlikely that the NBA will stray from its current plan.
Those who are familiar with Gordon’s girlfriend can understand why he’d be fine with spending several months with her in a tropical bubble.
You can certainly understand why Aaron Gordon would want to show off his girlfriend Izabela Guedes on social media every chance he gets, but the Orlando Magic star showed a little too much in one of his latest Instagram stories.
Gordon shared a photo of Guedes on his Instagram story this week in which her breast was exposed. It looked like Gordon tried to cover it with an emoji, but he put the emoji in the wrong place. Here’s a censored version, which covers both the wardrobe malfunction and the little emoji that served no purpose.
Guedes is a model and swimwear designer who has more than 700,000 followers on Instagram. She previously dated rapper Wiz Khalifa.
We’ve seen wardrobe malfunctions in the past that were a lot more subtle, that’s for sure. You have to wonder what Gordon was looking at when he dropped that emoji over the photo. Or, perhaps he put it exactly where he wanted it.
H/T Total Pro Sports, Egotastic Sports
The Golden State Warriors recently traded for Andrew Wiggins, and now they could be dealing for another star of the 2014 draft class as well.
In an article this week, Anthony Slater of The Athletic listed Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon as a possible trade target for the Dubs this offseason and noted that there has been “a little smoke” between the two sides.
The 24-year-old Gordon is wrapping up his sixth season with the Orlando Magic. His development appears to be trending in the wrong direction as his scoring average has fallen for the third straight year, and he is showing little year-to-year improvement in the other aspects of his game.
Gordon has two years and $34.5 million remaining on his contract and fits the Golden State prototype as a switchable 6-foot-9 leaper with playmaking upside. He does have some positional overlap though with Draymond Green and emerging rookie Eric Paschall, so perhaps the Warriors should consider their other avenues for improvement too.
Dwyane Wade was involved in one of the more infamous controversies in Slam Dunk Contest history during this year’s competition, and now he might be trying to hash things out with the man that he allegedly wronged.
Speaking Sunday during an Instagram Live broadcast on the official NBA channel, the retired 13-time All-Star said that he was trying to get Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon on the platform to discuss the Dunk Contest.
In a saga that has since launched a thousand memes, Gordon narrowly lost the competition to Wade’s former Miami Heat teammate Derrick Jones Jr despite putting on one of the most impressive performances of all-time. Wade was a judge and notoriously gave Gordon a “9” on his final dunk but a “10” to that of Jones Jr. Other judges admitted that the plan was to end it in a tie but agreed that someone messed up with the scoring.
Gordon said after the contest that he felt like he should have “two trophies,” referencing his other dubious loss to Zach LaVine in the 2016 competition. Now this may be his opportunity to air out his grievances with Wade.
Dwyane Wade has faced a lot of criticism for the role he played in robbing Aaron Gordon of a win in the NBA Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and he has now taken to social media to defend himself.
Gordon received a total score of 47 on his final dunk despite leaping over 7-foot-5 big man Tacko Fall. Derrick Jones Jr. got a 48 for his dunk after the two players each scored perfect 50s on their first three dunks of the final round, so Jones took home the hardware. Wade was one of three judges who gave Gordon a 9, and he reminded everyone of that with a funny Instagram post on Sunday.
Rapper Common, who was also a judge for the contest, said Gordon and Jones were supposed to tie on their last dunk, but one of the judges screwed up giving his or her score. The way Common and fellow judge Scottie Pippen (who also gave Gordon a 9) looked at Wade after the scores were delivered made it seem like Wade was the one who messed up. Jones also plays for the Miami Heat, so some conspiracy theorists wondered if Wade intentionally helped give Jones the win over Gordon.
Obviously, the Dunk Contest is a fun event and no one’s livelihood was at stake. Still, Gordon not winning after dunking over a 7-foot-5 dude has led to some great reactions. Wade is clearly feeling the heat, and we don’t mean the Miami kind.
Most fans agree that Aaron Gordon got a raw deal in Saturday’s NBA Dunk Contest, losing to Derrick Jones Jr despite dunking over Tacko Fall in his final dunk of the night.
That feeling clearly extends to the Orlando Police Department. On Saturday morning, the department’s Twitter account posted a funny message suggesting they’d be reaching out to Chicago Police for an investigation into this robbery.
They’ve gotta stick up for their guy, and they’re certainly doing that. Gordon only got a 47 on his final dunk, one point lower than Jones’ 48. Most viewers felt that was unjust. To make matters more intriguing, there was apparently reason to investigate: one of the judges blamed a colleague for screwing up the final scoring.
Derrick Jones Jr may be one of the only people who believes Derrick Jones Jr deserved to win the Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and the Miami Heat star is already looking forward to defending his crown in a year.
Jones defeated Gordon in a thrilling Dunk Contest final that had a controversial ending. After he took home the hardware, Jones challenged Gordon to compete against him again next year.
Both Jones and Gordon got perfect scores of 50 on their first two dunks of the final and tied with 50s again when they went to a dunk-off. Jones then received a 48 on his last dunk and Gordon got a 47. Many felt Gordon deserved to win, as he dunked over 7-foot-5 big man Tacko Fall.
Rapper Common, who was one of the five judges on the panel for the Dunk Contest, said there was supposed to be another tie but one of the judges messed up with his or her score. There’s an obvious conspiracy theory about which judge may have screwed up.
If Gordon and Jones both take part in the Dunk Contest again next year, the real winners will be the fans.
Numerous fans and even the announcers on TNT were outraged over the outcome of Saturday night’s Dunk Contest, with many, including us, feeling like Aaron Gordon got robbed. According to rapper Common, Gordon did get robbed.
Common was one of the five judges on the panel for the Dunk Contest, along with Candace Parker, Scottie Pippen, Chadwick Boseman and Dwyane Wade.
Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. were the finalists and each got perfect 50s on their first two dunks of the finals. They went to a dunk-off and each got 50s again on their third dunks. Then for their fourth dunks, Jones Jr. received a 48.
Gordon then brought out Tacko Fall and dunked over the 7-foot-5 big man. Somehow he only got a 47 from the judges, who give scores on a 1-10 scale. The low point total seemed unfair.
Common and Parker both gave Gordon a 10, while the other three judges gave him a 9.
Common says they were supposed to give Gordon a 48 to have it tied.
“We thought it was going to be tied. We were like, ‘This is a tie!'” Common told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”
Parker also told Shelburne it was supposed to be a tie. If you look at this picture, it sure seems like Common and Pippen thought Wade was the judge who screwed up.
The conspiracy theory about Wade screwing up the final dunk score goes like this: Wade played for the Miami Heat and was teammates with Derrick Jones Jr. and screwed up the final voting to ensure his friend won.
Maybe Wade will eventually tell us what happened, because the public is owed an explanation.