Is Aaron Gordon a suitable replacement for Jerami Grant?

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Jan 15, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) celebrates during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Denver Nuggets have an interest in Aaron Gordon as a Jerami Grant replacement?

Because of the possibility that the Denver Nuggets and Jerami Grant are unable to come to an agreement on a new contract in the offseason, it’s prudent for there to be any number of backup plans in case they lose a valuable combo forward who meshed with the team rather perfectly.

Today, we’ll analyze a trade scenario in which the Nuggets send Grant to the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade for Aaron Gordon.

The hypothetical transaction could be a straight-up Grant-Gordon trade but that doesn’t make much sense for the Magic, who will be more tempted to hold onto Gordon after the Jonathan Isaac injury. That said, Denver will have to sweeten the deal a bit for both sides (note: there may have to be separate trade transactions).

Nuggets Get
F Aaron Gordon
SF James Ennis
No. 45 overall pick (2020)
Magic Get
F Jerami Grant
SF Torrey Craig
No. 22 overall pick (2020)
Right to swap first-round picks (2022, 2023)

In this trade scenario, the Nuggets receive Gordon, small forward James Ennis, the Magic’s second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Meanwhile, Orlando receives Grant, small forward Torrey Craig, the first-round pick Denver is receiving from the Houston Rockets in the upcoming draft and the right to swap first-round picks with the Nuggets in the 2022 and 2023 NBA Draft.

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