The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching!
With 10 days left to make moves, the rumor mill is churning and the Trail Blazers are in the thick of it.
As Rip City is on pins and needles over the possible buyout of LaMarcus Aldridge from the Spurs, there's another forward the Blazers may be monitoring: Aaron Gordon.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Magic have been open to listening to calls on Gordon, with Minnesota and Portland among the teams showing interest.
Gordon, 25, has so far spent his entire seven-year NBA career in Orlando. He is under contract through 2022 and is owed $18.1M this season and $16.4M next season. The 6-foot-9 forward suffered a nasty ankle sprain in January.
He missed 15 games due to the ankle injury.
Gordon is averaging 13.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in just 20 appearances this season
It seems very likely Gordon will be traded before the deadline, but the Blazers being linked is new.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report reported an agreement between the Magic and Timberwolves was apparently about to be finalized in early February. It was a deal that involved swapping Gordon for Ricky Rubio and draft capital. When Gordon went down, it derailed the deal.
The Trail Blazers have shown interest in Gordon in the past, but matching Gordon's salary would be complicated.
Plus, if Minnesota is still interested, then those talks may be further along.
Portland has always been tight-lipped about the roster moves. Rarely do we find out things before they happen, so take the Gordon-Blazers news with a grain of salt.