Where Will Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard End Up This Summer?
The question everyone is asking is where will Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard end up this summer?
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:
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?
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.