Many players in the Class of 2014 already have been washouts. There is one — Magic forward Aaron Gordon — who has significantly upped his play in the early going this season and is in line for a big payout next summer. Orlando had talks with Gordon about an extension last month, but there was not much urgency. The Magic’s new front office was willing to wait to see what they had with Gordon this year before committing big money, and Gordon was willing to gamble on a breakout season that would guarantee him something in the range of a max deal next summer.
September 27, 2021 | 3:03 pm EDT Update
Gerald Bourguet: Jae Crowder on back-to-back Finals disappointments: “Just coming from the Finals that previous year [in Miami], mentally I got fried. Like, ‘Physically I’m good, but mentally I’m drained.'” Said it impacted him last year and he’s doing what he can to prevent that kind of burnout