NBA Rumors: Asking price for Celtics trade target Aaron Gordon revealed

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Could C's trade for Aaron Gordon at this reported asking price? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

With the March 25 NBA trade deadline less than a week away, the league's sellers are clarifying their demands.

The Orlando Magic are believed to be seeking a "young player or players, a draft pick" and matching salary in return for forward Aaron Gordon, the Denver Post's Mike Singer reported Friday.

Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype reported a similar Orlando asking price for Gordon: a first-round pick and a "good young player."

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Singer didn't list the Celtics among the teams interested in Gordon -- the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves are among those in the mix, per Singer -- but the athletic forward would be a good fit in Boston.

"He’d add some size (6-foot-8) and versatility to the frontcourt," our Chris Forsberg wrote of Gordon in January. "... He can create for others, he can play center in smallball lineups, and he’d potentially thrive with so much attention on Boston’s stars."

Gordon's $18.1 million salary would fit under the Celtics' $28.5 million traded player exception, as well, and he's under contract through 2022.

The 25-year-old just returned from a lengthy absence due to an ankle injury, though, and the Magic's asking price is steep for a player who's shooting a career-low 43.1% from the floor.

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The other question is whether Boston has a "good young player" who would entice Orlando. Romeo Langford might be the team's best young trade asset outside the "core four" of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart, but the 21-year-old has appeared in just 32 games over two injury-riddled seasons.

Langford also is making $3.6 million this season, so the C's would need to send multiple players and/or significant cash to Orlando to match Gordon's $18.1 million number. 

Long story short: Unless the Magic change their asking price, Gordon doesn't sound like a realistic option for the Celtics, who reportedly have interest in several other players, including Orlando big man Nikola Vucevic.