Power forward Aaron Gordon has reached an agreement to return to the Orlando Magic, various outlets reported Sunday.
He will reportedly re-sign with the Magic, who drafted him fourth overall in the 2014 Draft, for $84 million over four seasons.
Gordon, 22, has steadily improved in each of his four NBA seasons. He averaged career-highs in most statistical categories last season, including 17.6 points per game.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has more on Gordon's deal and what it means for the Magic going forward:
Gordon and the Magic agreed to a four-year deal worth a total of about $84 million Sunday night, Yahoo Sports reported and the Orlando Sentinel confirmed. A source with knowledge of the situation told the Sentinel that the contract will be a straight four-year deal that does not include a player option or a team option.
Retaining Gordon, a restricted free-agent forward, was Orlando’s top priority in free agency.
Gordon posted the best statistical season of his four-year NBA career in 2017-18. He averaged career highs of 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. After a torrid start with his long-range accuracy, he finished the season shooting a career-best 33.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Gordon received a lucrative, fair deal even though this summer is a relatively rotten summer to be a restricted free agent.
Once the deal is finalized, Gordon will become Orlando’s highest-paid player, eclipsing the $17 million annual salaries that swingman Evan Fournier and center Bismack Biyombo each receives.
Orlando’s next objective in free agency is to add help at point guard since incumbent starter D.J. Augustin is the only point guard on the roster.
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