Trade Coming? Eric Gordon Wants Clarity On Houston Rockets Future

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Eric Gordon is the final remaining member of their roster from the previous era, a time when the team was focused on building around James Harden with the hopes of breaking through to the NBA Finals. How much longer will he remain with the organization?

Gordon is set to earn just under $19.6 million during the 2022-23 season, but the final year of his deal in 2023-24 will pay a fully non-guaranteed $20.9 million. He could end up being waived without being paid any of it and would become a free agent at 35.

According to Kelly Iko of The Athletic, Gordon seeks clarity on his future with the Rockets, whether the conclusion is a long-term extension or to be traded to a different team.

“As bad as Houston was last season, the team played better with Gordon on the floor. And given that Gordon has no more guaranteed money after this season, he wants clarity on his situation — whether it’s a long-term extension to remain in Houston or a trade to a contender.”

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It remains to be seen when clarity will be reached regarding Gordon’s situation. As alluded to by Iko, a trade before the season would require a “can’t say no” offer.

“But when does that come? Does a playoff team give a “can’t say no” offer before the season? What about at the February deadline? Time will tell.”

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Gordon is coming off a season averaging 13.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. He experienced a significant bounce-back in scoring efficiency as he shot 47.5% from the floor and 41.2% from 3-point range. He remains helpful as an off-ball threat with his floor spacing ability and is more than capable as an initiator of the half-court offense when needed.

There is no shortage of teams that would benefit from acquiring Gordon in a trade. He’s proven to be a great complement to superstars while adding needed shot creation beyond what the traditional catch-and-shoot threat tends to offer.

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