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Orlando Magic big man Aaron Gordon will be a restricted free-agent once July 1 hits and the high-flyer wants to remain with the franchise that drafted him.
Conducting his end-of-the-year interview with reporters Thursday, Gordon was asked, “What would be the ideal situation for you in a contract in the offseason?”
Gordon didn’t mince his words.
“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.”
In 58 games this 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.
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.
Gordon wants the free-agent process to be smooth and quick.
“Hopefully, we just wrap it up with Orlando,” Gordon said. “It would be a beautiful thing to go from one of the worst teams in the league to one of the best teams in the league. It’s a beautiful story. It’s a challenge and that’s something that I look forward to and I accept: that challenge, along with the teammates that we have here. I think that if we keep building, we have the capability.”
The Magic fired coach Frank Vogel after finishing with the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 25-57.