7 trades involving Aaron Gordon and the Orlando Magic

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Anfernee Simons, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons has shown promise for the Portland Trail Blazers whenever he has gotten the opportunity. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have long had an interest in Aaron Gordon. This is not the first season there has been rumored interest between the two teams. Considering how much the Blazers need some help on their frontcourt and especially defensively with some dominant backcourt players to handle the offense, Gordon would fit right in.

The Blazers have had their injury issues inside though. This would actually be a team that could use Nikola Vucevic with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins both dealing with injury issues.

The biggest question with the Blazers is what young assets would the Blazers have that could entice the Magic to move?

There is not much the Blazers would want to part with it seems.

Portland has leaned heavily on Gary Trent Jr. whlie CJ McCollum has been out with a broken foot. He is still a valuable role player to come off the bench now that McCollum has returned. It seems unlikely the Blazers give him up.

The other two interesting young prospects are Orlando natives Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little. Both have had their ups and downs for the Blazers but have shown enough promise throughout. Any deal with the Blazers would almost certainly have to include one of these three players.

It will also have to include Robert Covington, even if the Magic would prefer to get struggling sharpshooter Rodney Hood.

Simons is probably the better prospect than Little right now, even if Simons is better suited at point guard. What inches him ahead is his ability to hit shots in a hurry and put up big scoring games.

Simons is averaging 8.1 points per game and shooting 40.8-percent from beyond the arc. In games where he has played more than 20 minutes, Simons is averaging 12.8 points per game with 43.5-percent shooting from deep. When Simons is given the chance to play, he typically delivers in big ways.

Covington is needed to match salaries. Covington is averaging 8.4 points per game and shooting 35.6-percent from beyond the arc.

This would be an impressive haul with the Magic bringing in one of the best defenders in the league and one of the under-used guards in the league with the hope of getting him playing time now. That might be tougher when Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony are both healthy again.

Then again, the Magic have shown every intention of trying out two-guard lineups. There should be some interest in what Portland has to offer.