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Monday is the deadline for former first-round picks entering their fourth year to sign contract extensions before the 2017-18 season begins.
Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins and Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid both recently signed five-year extensions worth close to $148 million.
The Orlando Magic have two players eligible for extensions: forward Aaron Gordon and point guard Elfrid Payton.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, it seems unlikely that the Magic will reach extension agreements with either Gordon or Payton before the deadline.
Calvin Andrews, Gordon’s agent, told the Sentinel he doesn’t anticipate Gordon and the Magic agreeing on an extension.
If the Magic decide not to extend Gordon and Payton, the two youngsters will become restricted free agents next summer.
Gordon, 22, averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last year while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. The highflyer finished the season on a strong note, posting 16.4 points a contest after the All-Star break.
Payton, the Magic’s floor general, put up 12.8 points and dished out 6.5 assists a game in 2017. Perimeter shooting continues to be Payton’s Achilles heel, as he shot only 27.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Gordon told reporters he’s not concerned about his contract situation.
“That’s not why I play the game,” Gordon said. “I trust Jeff Weltman and John Hammond to make the right decision, and I’m going to continue to play my game and continue to help my team get wins and improve as a basketball player. They see how hard I work. They see how far my game has come. I’m only 22. My game is going to continue to improve. There’s still no ceiling for me. I’m looking to be the best in the NBA at some point in my career.”