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It appears the Houston Rockets may finally be ready to part ways with veteran point guard Eric Gordon. The Rockets kept Gordon despite the fact that they were in a rebuilding phase after trading James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in January 2021, but the team is more willing to trade Gordon now than at any point since that Harden. trade, according to The Athletic.

At 33, Gordon is averaging low points (11.6) and rebounds (1.9) per game this season, but as a career 37 percent shooter from long range, he can still serve as a solid floor passer in a reduced role. candidate team. With the Rockets several years away from real contention in the Western Conference, Gordon’s desire is to be traded to a contender while he can still contribute.

From The Athletic.

The Rockets have rejected Gordon’s offers at every possible moment — the draft, the offseason and the trade deadline — but a resolution to this saga may finally be found this season. Team and league sources say The Athletic are more inclined to move the 33-year-old than at any point in the last two seasons.

The Rockets have come close to moving Gordon several times before, but there are several layers to this sudden paradigm shift. From an age perspective, Gordon is clearly on a different timeline than the rest of the roster.

Gordon is making more than $19 million this season, but he has a non-guaranteed team option for next season, meaning the team could trade for his services this season without making a long-term commitment to the aging veteran. As for compensation, the Rockets are interested in acquiring a young player or a future first-round pick in exchange for Gordon, according to The Athletic. With two first-round picks in the upcoming 2023 NBA draft, the team isn’t too interested in adding another first-round pick in that draft, as the roster already consists of a lot of young players.

It remains to be seen how much the team will be willing to give up at this point in Gordon’s career, but there’s certainly no shortage of interest. It was the Philadelphia 76ers a team interested in Gordon over the course of last season, and they were far from alone. Expect Houston to find plenty of calls regarding Gordon heading into February’s trade deadline.


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