Dealing for a young forward
The Golden State Warriors, when looking at any trade involving D’Angelo Russell, will want to keep an asset that’ll be with the team for the long haul. The Magic have that asset in Aaron Gordon, a 23-year-old primed for a breakout season.
However, Gordon shouldn’t be valued on the same tier as Russell, so any trade should include a bit more than just Gordon.
That’s where Terrance Ross, who is coming off one of the best years of his career, comes in. He averaged a career-high 15.1 points per game with 2.7 threes on 38% from behind the arc. However, given their salaries, the Warriors may have to toss in another player as well.
As for Gordon, he averaged 16.0 points on 45% from the field and 35% from downtown last season. At 6-foot-9, Gordon’s game resembles a toned-down Blake Griffin, given his ability to do a little bit of everything on the court.
Aaron Gordon and Terrance Ross on the Warriors would give them youth, depth and a more lethal three-point presence. While not the ideal trade, if Russell really isn’t a great fit, this could be a good move for the Dubs.