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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Orlando Magic targeted Blake Griffin, offered Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic to Los Angeles Clippers

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Blake Griffin (Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

The Orlando Magic were reportedly targeting a blockbuster deal that would have brought them controversial Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin.

David Baumann, a sports journalist from Orlando, reported the probable deal that would have involved center Nikola Vucevic and forward Aaron Gordon going to the Clippers in exchange for Griffin.

As Baumann noted, Orlando made the offer but the Clippers denied the trade proposal. This is consistent with what Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers stated in recent days before the trade deadline that they are sticking with Griffin.

Griffin is in hot water in Los Angeles after punching a team staff that has caused him to injure his hand and be out until the middle of March. Griffin has apologized for the incident but faces league suspension when he returns to play.

Baumann also claimed that the Channing Frye to Los Angeles deal looked small to who Orlando was trying to get from Los Angeles, which turned out to be superstar Blake Griffin.

Vucevic is the scoring leader for the Magic this season averaging 17.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Gordon averages 7.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists this season.

Griffin is one of the best and versatile power forwards in the league when healthy, averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He also has great chemistry with point guard Chris Paul and frontcourt partner DeAndre Jordan in “Lob City” in L.A.

The Magic are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with 23 wins against 29 losses so far this season. The Clippers are in fourth place in the Western Conference with 35 wins against 18 losses.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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