Report: Orlando Magic exploring possibility of trading Aaron Gordon

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Aaron Gordon is enjoying a career year with the Orlando Magic and has elevated his game to new heights. 

In his first few seasons in the league, the power forward was regarded as just a dunker and was often pigeon-holed for his limited skill set. 

But he worked hard in the offseason to become more of a threat offensively and the results were evident early on in the campaign. 

He started the year red-hot from three-point territory as he showed off his new range, which included a couple of game winners from beyond the arc. 

Although his shooting percentage from downtown has dropped as the season has gone on, Gordon is still connecting on almost 35 percent of his tries which is still a decent mark and much better than his career-high of 29.6 percent. 

He's enjoying career numbers almost across the board as he's averaging 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Magic. 

The 22-year-old has been one of the bright sparks in what has fizzled into another disappointing campaign for Orlando but there is a possibility that he may not stick with the franchise beyond the trade deadline. 

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According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the team's new regime of president Jeff Weltman and general manager John Hammond are exploring the market to see if there are any suitors interested in trading for the high-flyer. 

Having declined their option to sign him to an extension in October, Gordon is set to become a restricted free agent in the summer and is likely to demand a max contract. 

The Florida-based outfit is believed to be reluctant to give him a huge deal and a are looking into the possibility of offloading him while his value is high and getting something in return. 

Orlando was actively looking to trade Evan Fournier and was reportedly in discussions with the Detroit Pistons but talks stalled and they concluded a deal for Blake Griffin instead. 

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It now seems that the Magic are looking to see if there's a market for Air Gordon and if they can strike a deal that would benefit them in the long-term. 

His form may have dipped in January, but the Arizona product is still having his best season and is a valuable asset for the team. 

With the trade deadline now less than a week away, it'll be interesting to see how this plays out and what moves the front office make. 

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