More specifically, Gordon won't be participating in full-contact drills, as the team will look to remain cautious with their young forward. Gordon was expected to be limited after spraining the ankle, but the team doesn't believe that he's at risk of missing considerable time. Assuming he returns to full health by the start of the season, Gordon is expected to start at small forward.
The Magic gave up a small fortune to acquire Serge Ibaka on draft day, so it's no surprise that he'll be at the top of the depth chart at power forward, which had been almost exclusively Gordon's domain following last season's move at the trade deadline that sent Tobias Harris to the Pistons. Though the more well-rounded Ibaka amounts to an upgrade at power forward, it doesn't appear that Gordon, one of the NBA's top physical specimens, is going to see his role marginalized as he enters his third season. In fact, Vogel stated that in addition to starting at small forward, Gordon would still see plenty of minutes at power forward when Ibaka is off the floor or used as a small-ball center. With the Magic also bringing in high-volume rebounder Bismack Biyombo this offseason, it's clear that the team is prioritizing defensive improvement, and on paper, the physically gifted, long-limbed trio of Gordon, Ibaka and Biyombo figure to terrorize opposing wings and big men. Gordon will need to show increased reliability on the offensive end -- particularly from three-point range, where he shot just 29.6 percent last season -- for his fantasy value to truly take off, but his ability to lock down both perimeter and frontcourt players defensively should at least guarantee him plenty of court time in 2016-17.
Aaron Gordon (concussion) recorded 22 points (9-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 24 minutes during the Orlando Magic 's 117-103 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday.
Gordon was cleared to play by the league after missing the last three contests with a concussion. It may have been unnecessary for the Magic to rush Gordon back for the final regular season game, but he certainly didn't seem bothered by his prior injury. Following the Tobias Harris trade, Gordon began playing pretty heavy minutes and producing decent counting stats, yet he has only started to scratch the surface of his potential.
Aaron Gordon (concussion) will come off of the bench in Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
It was announced this morning that Gordon would play, pending league approval. It appears he got that approval, but he'll come off of the bench instead of starting. It's unclear how this will impact his minutes but it seems likely that he could see at least a slight minutes reduction.
Judging from the wording of the report, Gordon will be cleared later this afternoon and will rejoin the lineup after missing the last three games. The Magic are still officially listing Gordon as a game-time decision, but it seems that his return is merely a formality at this point. Prior to suffering the concussion, Gordon had averaged 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and three assists in three April contests.
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