NBA trade rumors and speculations are swirling around the Orlando Magic who is reportedly trading Aaron Gordon to the Philadelphia 76ers for Dario Saric. Magic head coach Frank Vogel addressed the rumor and revealed that he had a conversation with Gordon.
“Typically, with rumors and stuff like that, we don’t really address them,” Vogel said when asked about the photo. “But this is a unique situation, and I talked to him a little bit this morning, and everybody’s good. We’re ready to move on.”
Vogel and Gordon decided not to give any details regarding their meeting. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan also spoke about the issue and said that the lists are not “indicative plans”. Hennigan claimed that it was “simply listing options.”
NBA Trade Rumors: Leaked photo hints a potential Magic-76ers trade
The rumor started on Monday when a photo of Patricio Garino’s photo leaked on Twitter. Garino’s agent took a picture of his client and accidentally showed the list of Magic’s potential offseason trades and free-agency targets. The lists include Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric with the words “for AG?” next to his name.
Most people believe “AG” stands for Aaron Gordon, the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft. Gordon is undeniably one of the Magic’s most promising young players. The leaked photo reached the 21-year-old forward who decided to remain professional about the issue.
“It was definitely something that I wasn’t aware of before,” Gordon said when asked about the dry-erase board’s content. “It wasn’t for me to see, so for me to see something like that, it brings something that’s out of my control into my reality. But that’s neither here nor there. My plan and my focus is to play basketball and to enjoy the game of basketball. Anything other than that is out of my control. I love this organization and I’m going to continue to work hard and play.”
NBA Trade Rumors: The Serge Ibaka effect on Aaron Gordon
The arrival of Serge Ibaka last summer forced Aaron Gordon to slide from his natural position to small forward. However, the strategy seemed to be ineffective as the Magic still ended up as one of the disappointing teams in the league. Their inability to enter the playoffs for the fifth straight season made them decide to trade Ibaka again.
The move benefits Aaron Gordon as coach Frank Vogel move him to power forward where his production has increased. In the Magic’s last five games, Gordon averaged 19.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists on 43.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
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