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2018 Trade Deadline: Magic reportedly shopping Aaron Gordon; would he fit with Wizards?

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2018 Trade Deadline: Magic reportedly shopping Aaron Gordon; would he fit with Wizards?

The NBA season is reaching its halfway point, and for the Orlando Magic, their team evaluation has already begun.

With their underwhelming 15-35 record, and a revolving door of roster movements, there seems to be yet another change brewing. 

The Magic are rumored to be shopping Aaron Gordon in hopes that they can catch a deal before the market deadline comes and goes, according to The Athletic's Michael Scotto.

If in fact this rumor is true, the Magic would be giving away an all-around frontcourt threat in Gordon, the team's leading scorer (18.6 ppg) and second on the team in rebounds (8.3 rpg).

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Despite missing 32 games his rookie season with a foot injury, Gordon has proven to be a player to watch as he gradually matures. Since his 2014 NBA debut, the 6-9, 220-pound forward from Arizona, known for his athleticism, has added an increasingly efficient jump shot, making his game even more impressive. It is no doubt at all, that wherever Gordon ends up, his role on that team will be one of great use, but the question is, if the word on the street is true, where is Gordon's next potential home? 

The Wizards seem to have a missing link within their roster, which probes the question on whether they have taken a look at possibly acquiring the positionless athlete.

There are number of ways that they can adjust their roster to better equip them for playoff success and Gordon could very well be the necessary piece to the puzzle. The one asset John Wall has not had during his NBA career — unlike his freshman season at Kentucky — is an athletic forward who can finish alley-oops. But with the team already investing in Otto Porter, and with the front office high on Kelly Oubre Jr., the possibility of Gordon to the Wizards is probably not incredibly high. 

The race for the Eastern Conference title is arguably up in the air, and if the Wizards can play their cards right, such an acquisition could make for a dangerous squad in the post season.

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.

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Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."

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Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!