KEY POINTS

  • Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon reportedly requested a trade 'out of frustration'
  • The Celtics and Rockets are among the teams looking to acquire Gordon
  • Gordon is averaging 14.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game this season 

With the NBA trade deadline just days away, one of the most talked-about potential assets to be moved is Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon.

After recently expressing his desire to be traded, it’s now more likely that the high-flying forward gets moved by the mid-season deadline.

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The 25-year old forward reportedly revealed to reporters that he had requested a trade last February because of building frustration.

"There's been times where I just expressed my frustration to management. Frustration with the losses, the injuries, the way we've been playing, and how many losses have accumulated over the years. So it's just my frustration kind of boiling over I would say,” said Gordon.

The seventh-year slasher was selected by the Magic fourth overall back in 2014. This season, Gordon is averaging 14.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 23 games with the franchise.

The Magic are currently 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 14-29 record.

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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics is defended by Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic in the first half at TD Garden on March 21, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

Given what he can bring to the table, Gordon is one of this season’s most coveted players. A number of teams have already expressed interest for the uber-athletic forward.

According to multiple reports, the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets are two of the teams in the race to acquire Gordon’s services.

The Celtics are looking to bring in Gordon, along with Magic guard Evan Fournier, likely in exchange for a pair of first-rounders.

Currently eighth in the East, the Celtics have underperformed, even though their young duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have had All-Star-caliber seasons.

Partnering Gordon with Tatum and Brown would definitely boost the C’s push for a postseason appearance.

The Rockets, meanwhile, are also looking to bring in Gordon for a similar haul. Since dealing former franchise star James Harden to the Brookyln Nets back in January, Houston struggled greatly and just recently snapped a 20-game losing streak.

Gordon would become a solid fit in Houston’s frontcourt, alongside newly-signed cornerstone Christian Wood, as well as star guard John Wall.

Other teams that have expressed interest to recruit Gordon are the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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