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Houston Rockets: Why passing on Aaron Gordon would be the best move

Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

The challenges the Houston Rockets face in a deal for Gordon

It has been no secret that the Rockets have wanted to upgrade the power forward position next to Christian Wood. With the P.J. Tucker trade, it was obvious the Rockets are looking to get younger and more athletic in the frontcourt.

Two different reports have come out this detailing offers the Rockets may make for Orlando’s Aaron Gordon. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer recently wrote that the Rockets would send Victor Oladipo back to the team that drafted him, the Orlando Magic, in exchange for Gordon.

Of course, with Oladipo in the final year of his contract and nearing his 30s, he wouldn’t make much sense for a team still in the rebuilding phase. A third team would have to be involved in this trade scenario.

This is the issue with any Oladipo trade because the Rockets have to find a team in contention for a championship or try to make the playoffs. Most rebuilding teams or tanking teams will not have much interest in Oladipo.

Another major Aaron Gordon trade rumor was dropped today by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Charania writes, “As far as the Gordon market, the Magic and Rockets have engaged in talks on a Gordon deal to Houston for two first-round draft picks. Charania also states, “No deal is imminent on this front at the time of this writing, but there have been significant talks.”

There is also news that just came out reported by Jared Weiss and Sam Amick of The Athletic that Gordon is requesting a trade. This would make the likelihood of him being traded this week a real possibility.

Next: Why the Rockets shouldn't trade for Gordon

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