Cannot afford to trade: Aaron Gordon
Gordon faced plenty of questions during his six-and-a-half seasons in Orlando. He had the expectations of a top-four draft pick, but the Magic made just one playoff appearance and were knocked out in the first round. The Nuggets were looking to replace Jerami Grant, but nobody knew Gordon would fit perfectly in the Mile High City.
The 6’8 forward has thrived in his role. He will play stout defense, take open shots, make a few plays, rebound, and help his team win every night. Gordon is comfortable in the Nuggets system and willing to do the dirty work to help the franchise have success.
Role buy-in is crucial to winning a championship. There can only be one leading scorer. Others have to play their part and do little things. Nuggets fans know AG will do whatever the franchise needs, which makes him untradeable.
Aaron Gordon can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2025, but the Denver Nuggets will try to keep him long-term. The 28-year-old is the perfect fit next to Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. The franchise needs Gordon to stay in title contention, and they are all-in on bringing another championship to Denver.