Orlando Magic big man Aaron Gordon will be a restricted free agent once July 1 hits, and while the high-flyer wants to remain with the franchise that drafted him, he will meet with rival teams.
As a restricted free agent, Gordon is eligible to sign offer sheets with other teams and then the Magic have to decide if they want to match the offer or not.
According to a report from ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and Phoenix Suns will pursue Gordon. The Pacers are ready to give Gordon a $20 million-ish offer sheet, a contract the Magic might be hesitant to match.
In 58 games this past season, Gordon averaged 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc.
“I definitely need to be smart and do the due diligence,” Gordon told ESPN. “Hear teams out and understand where the best fit is for me so I can help a team win, help a team get to a championship. I got to be smart about it, take my time and make sure it is correct so I feel good about it and I’m happy. That is the biggest part about it.”
Back in April, Gordon told Orlando reporters he wants a max contract and would love to stay with the Magic.
“Ideal is max,” Gordon answered. “God, that would be ideal. Definitely here [in Orlando]. That would be ideal. If [General Manager] John [Hammond] and [President of Basketball Operations] Jeff [Weltman] made that investment, that would be definitely ideal.”
The Magic had the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 25-57. They hired former Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford to replace Frank Vogel.