With Aaron Gordon set to become a restricted free agent this summer, the top priority for the Orlando Magic this offseason is to sign him to a new deal so that he isn't picked up by anyone else.
Gordon has done more than enough to earn a great new deal, as he has managed to achieve career-high averages this season, averaging 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, making 33.6 percent of his 3-pointers.
The team's president Jeff Weltman recently spoke to Joshua Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel where he said the team's top priority was to sign the 22-year-old to a new deal, as he has a lot of potential.
“We face a few free-agent issues, and obviously Aaron would be at the top of that list. I can’t comment too deeply on that other than to say Aaron has a lot of potential. He’s a hard worker. And we will have substantive talks with his agent. Whether we can get something done, we’ll see. But I know that he wants to be here and we’d like to keep him.”
When asked what type of deal he would like, the power forward wasn't afraid to speak his mind on what type of contract structure he believes he is worth. He wants to receive a max deal.
Gordon said: “Ideal is max. God, that would be ideal: three letters.”
When he was asked if he would like a max deal to be with the Magic, he said: “Yeah, definitely here. That would be ideal. If [General Manager] John [Hammond] and Jeff [Weltman] made that investment, that would be definitely ideal: get those three letters on my name.”
As well as Gordon, the Magic has to decide what they're going to do with two other important free agents in Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic, as well as pick a new head coach to replace the recently dismissed Frank Vogel.
Either way, Gordon will remain their top priority until he is signed to a new deal, and following his performances in a Magic uniform, he should get the deal which he desires.
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