KEY POINTS

  • The Golden State Warriors could give Aaron Gordon a fresh new start in the Bay Area
  • Golden State may need to sacrifice some players to cover Gordon's huge salary
  • Multiple teams are also exploring ways to recruit Gordon

The Golden State Warriors could use a seasoned veteran in their rotation, and the name of Aaron Gordon has popped up.

The Orlando Magic initially planned to use the slam-dunking forward as one of their key building blocks, but such has not transitioned as planned.

With the NBA trade deadline coming up, the 25-year-old has been linked to several teams–one of which is the Warriors.

Although the Warriors are managing to keep their NBA season afloat, it remains that they have positions to fill. Their frontline has been questionable although Draymond Green and rookie James Wiseman have been trying to keep it afloat.

Andrew Wiggins has been trying to help, but it remains that head coach Steve Kerr could use more muscle and toughness inside the paint. Could Aaron Gordon be the answer?

The 6-foot-8 forward has not been having a good season. Gordon is slowly gearing up for a return from an ankle injury. He got some minutes in the Magic’s game against the Miami Heat but was visibly not in his tip-top form.

With a so-so year, trade rumors involving Aaron Gordon hardly comes as a surprise. It has been in the air for some months now.

But with the March 25 trade deadline fast approaching, something tied to the high-flying forward could come to fruition.

While it makes sense for the Dubs, there are things to consider. At the top of the list is the fact that of matching his $34 million-worth salary for the current and next season. Kerr may have to give up players like Kelly Oubre Jr. and other asssets in a deal.

Aaron Gordon In this photo, Aaron Gordon prepares for a dunk in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend 2016 at Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada, Feb. 13, 2016. Photo: Getty Images/ Elsa

For the season, Gordon has played in 20 games averaging 13.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 28.3 minutes of action. These are improved stats from his career averages, but pundits feel he can do more and prove he is worth.

Aside from the Dubs, other teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons are allegedly interested in Gordon.

The California native is a player to watch in the coming weeks as NBA teams try to hone up their rosters heading into the playoffs.