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What Would The Blazers Have To Sacrifice For Aaron Gordon?

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Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype breaks it down ahead of the trade deadline.

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The Portland Trail Blazers have been a rumored trade destination for Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, but the question remains: who would the Blazers have to deal in order to secure Gordon? According to Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype, there are a few options, but they all have to be centered around players. The Blazers cannot deal a first-round pick in the draft because they owe the Houston Rockets a lottery-protected pick, and given that they already traded two first-round picks for Robert Covington, it is unlikely he would be moved. However, there are options.

In absence of first-rounders, Portland can offer some of their young players such as Gary Trent Jr., Anfernee Simons, or Nassir Little as incentives. However, they may not want to part with any of these players at this moment as they are high on them. Likewise, Orlando might be able to get more for Gordon right now, especially since the rest of the package will likely involve Rodney Hood ($10 million) and Zach Collins ($5.4 million) as salary ballast. One other player the Magic could have interest in is Derrick Jones Jr. ($9.3 million) who would probably be the odd man out of the Trail Blazers starting lineup with Gordon in.

Shams Charania of the Athletic reported that the Blazers were one of the teams interested in Gordon earlier this week.