With the 2021 NBA trade deadline just hours away, there could be a late action-packed punch for contenders looking to make last-minute moves to bolster their roster.
That includes the Portland Trail Blazers. They have been tied to several trade targets including Victor Oladipo and Norman Powell, and now, they are emerging as a top contender for another player on the open market.
According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, the Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon would "welcome a deal" to Portland. Per Weiss, Gordon's preferred landing spot is with the Boston Celtics, and Gordon is also interested in the Denver Nuggets.
But if the Trail Blazers strike and make a move to get Gordon, he would be happy.
Gordon could be a good fit with the Blazers. They could use another long, athletic forward on their roster and that's exactly what Gordon is. The 6-foot-8 starter fits in well as a power forward but also has proven to be a strong enough distributor to serve as a point forward as well.
So far this season in 25 games, Gordon is averaging 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game for the Magic this year. At just 25 years old with seven years of NBA experience, he would be an ideal fit with this Blazers core, as he'd fill a need while also adding youth to the roster.
Gordon is almost certainly going to get moved on deadline day since he requested a trade away from the team. The Magic appear to be going into rebuild mode, as they traded All-Star Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls for a package including Wendell Carter, Otto Porter Jr., and two first-round picks and followed that up by trading Evan Fournier to the Celtics for two second-round picks.
Right now, the Celtics are still the favorite in the Gordon sweepstakes, but since they traded for Fournier and didn't get Gordon in that move, it's unclear whether or not they'll be able to land the Arizona product.
Either way, don't count the Blazers out of the Gordon sweepstakes. They're trying to add one more upgrade to their team as they prepare for a playoff push, so even if they don't land Gordon, this should be an interesting deadline day in Portland.