Aaron Gordon recently made it clear that he wanted to stay with the Orlando Magic and re-sign with them as a restricted free agent this summer.
So it came as no surprise when news broke on Sunday night that two parties had come to an agreement.
According to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, the power forward has agreed a four-year, $84 million deal.
This is less than the max contract that Gordon wanted but it's still a significant reward for coming off a career year.
Raising his game
Last season, he averaged career highs of 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
He has established himself as the face of the rebuilding Magic franchise and although the team declined to offer him an extension last year which allowed him to hit free agency, they had no plans of letting him go.
“We have a great deal of respect for Aaron as a person and a player,” Magic general manager John Hammond told The Undefeated recently.
“He has tremendous value to our organisation and our hope is that he is with the Magic long term.”
The team has now made that happen and the athletic big man can now continue to develop in Florida.
Orlando selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft and he's now proved that he's more than just a dunker.
He added to his game last year as he became a decent three-point shooter, hitting 33.6 percent from downtown.
Biding his time
Despite the team's failings in recent seasons, the 22-year-old is prepared to be patient and is hoping to change the team's fortunes in the near future.
"It's been a heartbreaker. It really shows what you are made of," Gordon said. "But all I am going to do is keep taking the right actions. Keep working hard.
"Be egoless with my teammates and the organisation I'm with. Continue to work and play the right way until we get to the time where we're ready to make steps and waves in the playoffs and win championships.
"The time will come. I have no doubt about that. It's just a matter of being ready when it comes."
There was strong interest in his services as the likes of the Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns were all keeping an eye on his situation.
But the former University of Arizona product believes the Magic are heading in the right direction and has now underlined his commitment with a new long-term deal.
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