Jared Weiss: Celtics' interest in Aaron Gordon is 'serious'

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Weiss: C's interest in Aaron Gordon is 'serious,' but ... originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Aaron Gordon is getting plenty of attention ahead of the NBA trade deadline, and the Boston Celtics are one of the many teams in the mix.

When Gordon and the Orlando Magic took on the Celtics at TD Garden on Sunday, rumors swirled about the C's interest in trading for the 25-year-old forward. But is that interest serious, or is Boston simply perusing the market of potential trade candidates?

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"Oh, it's serious," The Athletic's Jared Weiss said Monday on Early Edition. "Now, just because it's serious doesn't mean they're going to get him, because there are a lot of other teams that are very serious. So this definitely one of the hottest trade markets happening right now in the league."

Weiss' colleague at The Athletic, Shams Charania, reported the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers as the Celtics' fellow suitors for Gordon. But if one of these teams is going to work out a deal, what will it cost?

"That's the big question. There's been a couple of deals that have gotten close where there were two first-round picks involved with some level of protection on it, and then another good young player," Weiss said.

"I think the expectation is that most teams are waiting to see if Orlando's going to reach out a little bit further on the negotiation table and maybe just lower that demand a little bit. Maybe just settle for a less promising young player for instance or just be willing to live with only one draft pick. We do know that Houston got pretty close, but they just hit a snag really as they were starting to advance to the finish line."

Gordon is averaging 14.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season while shooting 40.2 percent from 3-point range. If Danny Ainge and the C's hope to work something out, they'll have to do so before March 25 at 3 p.m.