The Atlanta Hawks have been a mediocre team for quite some time and a bad team at times recently as well. However, they are heading in the right direction with star point guard Trae Young leading the way. If the Hawks look to make moves to try to contend next season, could Eric Gordon be a target?
Gordon could very well be available this offseason. He may not be talked about much as he is a complimentary player to James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he is a great scorer and shooter.
Bleacher Report thinks the Hawks should consider making a run at Gordon this offseason. Here is the reasoning for why they think it would be a good fit.
Young and John Collins will still be the top two options. But having a reliable ballhandler on the floor when Young sits could push the Hawks offense closer to average (it was 26th this season).
During the 2019-20 NBA season with the Rockets, Gordon ended up averaging 14.4 points per game to go along with 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He shot just 36.9 percent from the floor and 31.7 percent from the three-point line.
Those numbers may not look great, but he also had a much different role than in recent years. The addition of Westbrook made him take a further backseat behind Harden.
At 31 years old, Gordon has four more years left on his contract. He would be able to form a lethal scoring back-court duo with Young. That would have to be of interest to the Hawks, who need more consistent scoring.
It will be interesting to see what the Hawks end up doing this offseason. They could choose to continue developing young talent and building that way, but making some aggressive moves would make sense too.
Expect to hear quite a few rumors about Eric Gordon this offseason. The Hawks may not end up getting involved, but it would make a lot of sense.