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Nuggets Are Trading For Aaron Gordon

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Dec 26, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) is fouled by Washington Wizards forward Isaac Bonga (17) while attempting to dunk the ball in the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets are trading for Aaron Gordon on the last day of the trade deadline. He joins Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic as Denver looks to make a real postseason run. 

Denver is trading Gary Harris, RJ Hampton, and a first-round pick to Orlando in exchange for Gordon.

Denver is sitting at fifth in the Western Conference and is already making moves to improve for a playoff run. The Nuggets are also bringing back center Javale McGee to add depth at the position behind Jokic.

Denver adding depth

Feb 10, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center JaVale McGee (6) blocks the shot of Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) in the first first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nuggets are trading for Aaron Gordon in efforts to build upon last seasons playoff defeat. Denver knows it needs depth and versatility to make a run in the West.

The Magic are busy sellers at the deadline. The team is trading all-star center Nikola Vucevic and forward Evan Fournier. 

Magic busy at Deadline

Mar 24, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) hands off the ball to guard Evan Fournier (10) during the third quarter of a game between the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports
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Orlando is committing to Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz for the next few seasons and is freeing up a lot of cap space after these deals.

The Magic get a trade done just days after Gordon officially requests the trade, and Denver gets a versatile forward to compliment its stars.

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