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Aaron Gordon’s “frustration” is boiling over in Orlando

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Aaron Gordon is not happy in Orlando and is no longer holding back.

Gordon officially confirmed the trade request he made earlier this year on Tuesday night after losing to the Denver Nuggets between 110 and 99, saying that his “frustration” with the team led him to do so.

And apparently he’s not alone.

“There were times when I just expressed my frustration to management,” Gordon told ESPN on Tuesday. “Frustration with the losses, the injuries and the way we played, how we played and how many losses have accumulated over the years, so it’s just my frustration boiling over, I would say. .. I think a lot of people share this feeling of frustration with me. “

Gordon has spent his entire career with Magic, which placed him 4th overall in 2014. The 25-year-old has averaged 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season. He put up 13 points and had six rebounds at the Amway Center on Tuesday night.

Gordon reportedly asked for a deal last month and almost granted his wish last week – despite a “last-minute hiccup” on a deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

Although he has made it clear that he wants out, Gordon has no desire to be traded to a team that is undergoing renovation, but just wants to end up somewhere where, according to Haynes, a playoff run can occur. He’s only completed the postseason twice in his career but never made it out of the first round.

While it’s unclear whether he’ll be moving before close of trading, Gordon tries not to think too much about it. After all, he still has a year and a half for his contract.

“I’m focused on [Wednesday] Night, “said Gordon about ESPN.” As of now, I’m an Orlando Magic. I’ve been here for 7 years, developed a home here, a feeling of love and community here. As long as I have Orlando on my chest, magic on my chest, I’ll give all I have. “

The story goes on

Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon plays the Boston Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, March 21, 2021 in Boston. (AP Photo / Michael Dwyer)

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