Orlando’s Aaron Gordon is the latest player connected to Ainge’s quest to improve the Celtics this season.
The Athletic’s Jared Weiss and Shams Charania reported on Boston’s interest in Gordon on Monday, with Weiss reporting that the Celtics have been “Engaged” in trade talks for the versatile forward who now wants out of Orlando. Gordon is signed through next season, making $16.4 million, before becoming a free agent in 2022.
Gordon, 26, is a versatile player on both ends of the floor, and is having the best all-around season of his career averaging 14.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
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Adding Gordon this season would balloon Boston’s payroll next season, which is a domino that Ainge will have to weigh pushing over now in order to help this year’s squad. But you can now add Gordon to the long list of players connected to the Celtics ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, and now we’ll wait to see if Ainge actually pulls the trigger on an in-season trade for the first time since 2015.