As the trade deadline for the National Basketball Association (NBA) draws nearer, rumors and speculations concerning a number of teams have been circulating online. In the Southeast, the Orlando Magic is reportedly evaluating the market for a possible trade involving one of its marquee players.
According to The Athletic, the Magic are reportedly assessing the market for a possible trade involving its leading scorer, Aaron Gordon. The 22-year-old Gordon is averaging career highs of 18.4 points to go with 8.3 rebounds per outing. Moreover, the high-flying forward is also shooting a career-best, 34.6 percent from beyond the arc.
The Athletic report noted that sources claimed that Magic's President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman and General Manager John Hammond have been quietly evaluating the trade market involving their superstar. The athletic forward, however, is eligible for restricted free agent status this summer, which could also mean that the team is merely doing its due diligence.
The Magic currently sport the second-worst record in the league, with a 15-35 win-loss card, just a game ahead of the lowly Atlanta Hawks. Though no names have been floated, the Magic will be able to command for a high-caliber player, should they decide to put Gordon in the trading block.
Meanwhile, another Eastern Conference team that is on a serious hunt for a playoff spot has also been making some noise leading to the trade deadline on Feb. 8. The NJ.com reported that the Philadelphia 76ers are looking at the possibility of acquiring Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams. Williams, who is averaging 23.5 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.5 rebounds a night, already donned the Sixers uniform until he entered free agency back in 2012.
Furthermore, the team is reportedly eyeing a shooter to beef up its lineup. Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Macro Belinelli is said to be in the Sixers' radar, according to The Athletic. The Italian gunner who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs back in 2014 is averaging 11.4 points per game and shooting 37.1 percent from three-point country.