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Celtics Emerge as Frontrunners for Magic’s Gordon

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According to Matt Moore of The Action Network, the Celtics lead the pack in the chase for Magic forward Aaron Gordon.

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It appears that the Boston Celtics have emerged as frontrunners to land Magic forward Aaron Gordon prior to this week’s trade deadline. According to The Action Network’s Matt Moore, the Celtics are ahead of the multi-team pack in the chase for Gordon’s services.

The Boston Celtics are considered the frontrunners to add Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon via trade, multiple sources confirmed to The Action Network Monday night. While the framework of a deal is in active discussion and considered the leading offer, sources say no deal has been agreed upon and the Magic are expected to continue to take offers up until Thursday’s deadline.

Moore went on to detail the rumored package that the Celtics have put together.

Boston, multiple sources confirmed, has offered two first-round picks. No other teams on the board have yet to reach that offer level. It’s not known yet what types of protections are attached to those talks but there is an assumption there will be some, if not significant, protections on the first-rounders.

Additionally, the framework involves Evan Fournier going to Boston, with the Celtics sending a player, the two picks, and using their Traded Player Exception from the Gordon Hayward trade.

Finally, Moore mentioned that the Magic are hoping that Marcus Smart is the player that the Celtics include in a potential exchange.

Outside of the Celtics, the Blazers have also been tied to Gordon-based rumors. On Monday, Yahoo Sports NBA Insider Chris Haynes revealed that talks between Portland and Orlando have stalled as the March 25 deadline approaches.

You can read Moore’s full story at The Action Network.