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Brooklyn has their eyes on the prize

by HoopsHype
by HoopsHype

Aaron Gordon is a high flying small ball four who has spent his first four years in the league in NBA Siberia and forever rebuilding, Orlando. While he's clearly improved year after year, he never reached an extension with the Magic and will become a restricted free agent come this summer. This is where Brooklyn comes in.

Since Sean Marks took the helm of Brooklyn's total rebuild, he's been very aggressive when it comes to restricted free agents. For those who haven't noticed, I'll give a little refresher below:

  • Allen Crabbe: Inked to a 4 year $75 million offer sheet from Brooklyn which Portland matched. Fast forward a year from his offer and Portland's tax bill forced their hand and Allen Crabbe was traded to Brooklyn where he's been good, but not great.
  • Tyler Johnson: This one is interesting as Tyler Johnson was offered an insane 4 year $50 million from the Nets when they struck out with Crabbe. Brooklyn worded the contract in a way of making it a poison pill contract; Johnson's last two years of his contract have him making nearly $20 million a year. Miami has had buyers remorse ever since they matched the offer and are desperate to rid themselves of his deal.
  • Otto Porter: Back up the brinks trucks, Brooklyn offered a max of 4 years and $106.5 million to Otto back in 2017. Of all the restricted free agents Brooklyn swung for, this is the only one who has truly lived up to the contract. The only good side to this deal is that Washington is in salary cap hell for at least one more season.
  • Donatas Motiejunas: This deal was weird from the start as Brooklyn offered Motiejunas a 4 year $37 million deal that was filled with various scape goats if Donatas' injuries caused him to retire or not play. Houston matched the offer, Donatas refused to report there over contract issues, and I believe he's overseas in China still.
by Justin Emerson
by Justin Emerson

Coming into the summer, Brooklyn has roughly $15 million in cap space which can easily be opened up to more if the front office chooses to do so. While Sean Marks has been quiet about diving head first into restricted free agents again, the writing seems to be on the wall. Aaron Gordon fits head coach Kenny Atkinson's desire to play at a high pace with elite athletes who can also space the floor. Gordon would fit perfectly next to Jarrett Allen in the front court and nicely with franchise cornerstone D'angelo Russell. The match is there, the question is will the money be?

by CBS Sports
by CBS Sports
Ideal is max. God, that would be ideal: three letters.

If Orlando had reached an extension with Gordon, it would've been a massive five year $148 million deal. Brooklyn doesn't have $30 million a year to tie up in Gordon but can easily offer upwards of $18 million to $20 million with some cap clearing. There is one report floating around from Steve Lichtenstein from WFAN saying that Orlando isn't going to match an “extravagant” offer for Gordon due to some questionable fits, especially next to Orlandos' most recent draft pick, Jonathan Isaac. The idea of Brooklyn tying up $80 million or more in Gordon is beyond risky, but it's a risk Sean Marks has thrown around without hesitation.

This article was originally published on @justin9944