Cavs Could Trade Ricky Rubio For Rockets’ Eric Gordon?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have come out of nowhere and been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this season. They currently hold the sixth and final spot outside of the NBA Play-In Tournament, but it could be difficult for them to hold onto that spot.

The Cavaliers suffered a major blow when they lost point guard Ricky Rubio for the remainder of the season after he tore his ACL. Losing Rubio is bad enough, but when the team was already going to be without another point guard, Collin Sexton, for the duration of the season, the injury is that much tougher to overcome.

Looking to shore up the backcourt, the Cavaliers acquired veteran point guard Rajon Rondo from the Los Angeles Lakers. However, they could still be in the market for more backcourt help.

Before his injury, the Cleveland Cavaliers had no interest in trading Rubio. They saw him as a core part of the team going forward even though he was on an expiring contract. Now that he is out for the remainder of the season, their stance could be changing.

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Rubio’s expiring deal is now a good trade chip to use on the market. That is exactly what the team is considering doing. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Cleveland could have its eyes on Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets.

The Cavaliers don’t project to be very aggressive in the coming weeks, but they will explore avenues to move Ricky Rubio and a protected first-rounder in an effort to net backcourt reinforcements, such as Eric Gordon, following Rubio and Collin Sexton’s season-ending injuries.

Gordon is someone that the Houston Rockets have been interested in moving as they are at the beginning of a full-blown rebuild. He has done nothing but improve his trade value, as he is in the midst of the best shooting season of his career.

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Eric Gordon is making 50 percent of his shots overall and 45.2 percent of his 3-point attempts, averaging 14.8 points per game. If Houston is going to move him, as they have with so many other veterans in the last year, now is the time to do it as his value likely will never be higher.