UPDATE: Gordon has officially been activated and will start in Friday’s game vs. the Raptors. We weren’t sure if Gordon would start, but now that he’s confirmed in the lineup we should expect him to at least play 18-20 minutes since he’ll be on a restriction in his first game back. He really isn’t a viable DFS play, and would be a UTIL or desperation start in season-long.
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon will be activated and will start tonight against Toronto.— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) November 29, 2019
Gordon has missed the last three games due to a right ankle contusion.#MagicAboveAll
UPDATE: Gordon is now being listed as questionable to play in Friday’s game vs. the Raptors. This doesn’t change much, we’ll likely know more about Gordon’s status later in the day.
The Orlando Magic could get a key player in the front court back for Friday’s game vs. the Toronto Raptors. F Aaron Gordon is considered a game-time decision after missing the past three games due to an ankle injury.
Magic coach Steve Clifford said forward Aaron Gordon went through today’s shootaround and will warm up prior to tonight’s game against Toronto and will see how he feels. Clifford said he was unsure how many minutes Gordon might play or even if he would start.— Roy Parry (@osroyparry) November 29, 2019
The Magic have been without C Nikola Vucevic, who is also dealing with an ankle injury. If Gordon were able to get back on the court, that would be huge for Orlando, which will need size to deal with the Raptors’ length.
If Gordon returns, expect Wes Iwundu ($3,200) to head back to the bench. He’d get a downgrade, plus expect fewer minutes for Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,000) and Terrence Ross ($4,900) off the bench. Though, as beat reporter Roy Parry notes in his tweet, Gordon would be on a minutes limit and may not even start. Still, his return would cut into some of their minutes.