Per source: Celtics talks with Orlando re: Aaron Gordon "still alive, but everyone does everything at last minute." Celtics offering first round pick and a young player – not Marcus Smart – and are trying not to include second pick in the deal.
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) March 24, 2021
Moreover, Adrian Wojnarowski recently indicated that the Celtics are “very serious” about trying to add the big man.
Woj says Boston is "very serious" about trying to acquiring Aaon Gordon.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 24, 2021
Gordon’s request also includes his wish to be dealt to a contending team that will help raise his marketing profile.
Both of those categories fit the Celtics, though the team has struggled for much of the season and holds a 21-22 record entering Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
In recent years, the Celtics have challenged for an Eastern Conference title on multiple occasions, but have come up short. Adding a player such as Gordon could help provide a late-season boost that could extend into the postseason.
The 25-year-old Gordon is averaging 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
However, with the Magic hovering near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, collecting assets in return for the big man is likely seen as a better way to help the team’s rebuilding process.