Roster moves that could make the Phoenix Suns a playoff team in 2021

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Aaron Gordon (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Aaron Gordon

Speaking of highly athletic power forwards who have the ability or potential to play both ends and stretch the floor a little (are you sensing a theme here?), one player who it appears could be had through trade is Aaron Gordon.

There has been some reported interest from the Suns in acquiring Gordon as Shams Charania of The Vertical reported earlier this month that the Suns made a push for Gordon at the trade deadline.

Gordon was most definitely in the midst of a down year, averaging 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists on poor 43.3%/30.1%/67.9% shooting. He also was robbed of the dunk contest championship for the second time (he is the best dunk contest performer of all-time in my opinion, feel free to argue me).

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He also will only be 25 when next season starts and sorely needs a change of scenery. The Magic have had an obsession with acquiring way too many frontcourt players over the past four years (Bismack Biyombo, Jonathan Isaac, Al-Farouq Aminu, etc.) and Gordon has had to play out of position at the three.

Gordon is capable of being a plus defender who can defend three positions while averaging 18/9/3 on 46%/35%/70% shooting and that would instantly make the Suns a true playoff contender.

According to Shams, the Suns offered Tyler Johnson and Cam Johnson at the deadline and the Magic wanted Kelly Oubre. If I am the Suns (while likely unpopular) I pull the trigger on that deal this off-season.

Gordon is due around $34.5 million over the next two seasons.