The Houston Rockets are in the midst of one of their most turbulent and busy offseason in franchise history. From a second-round defeat to the eventual champions Los Angles Lakers to coaching change and now a new General Manager.
The Rockets know whoever is in charge will need to upgrade the roster. With few assets and virtually no draft picks, the Rockets will have to get creative. One player, the Rockets, have and is a possible trade piece is Eric Gordon. Here are three possible players the Rockets could trade Gordon to upgrade their roster.
$17,500,000 for 2020-21 and 3 years left on the deal
Eric Gordon $16,869,276 and Chris Clemons $1,517,981
The Rockets went all-in on small ball this past year, thinking that this was the best way for them to advance in the playoffs. Of course, that didnt work out for several reasons, but there is still a way to bring in a talented big man like Myles Turner.
Turner is a 24-year-old 6-11 center who is one of the top three shot blockers in the league. He is excellent in pick and roll and is still developing his 3-point shot.
Even though his average from downtown dropped a little from the previous year (.388 in 18-19 to .344 this year), he has shown the ability to stretch the floor. Even if the Rockets stray away from their 3-point or layup philosophy, it never hurts to have a center who can stretch the floor.
$9,346,153 last year with a player option
Eric Gordon straight up for Grant
Jerami Grant has a player option for the upcoming year. He is currently making $9,346,153 and is all but guaranteed to opt-out and become an unrestricted free agent. Grant has become a very good 3 and D player shooting .389 from deep this year and playing excellent defense when switched onto smaller guards.
Grant also played with Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, and the two have an excellent relationship. The Rockets would have to convince Grant to resign temporarily with the Nuggett to facilitate a sign and trade. The Nuggets would be motivated to do it since they would get something instead of losing Grant for nothing.
The next hurdle would be convincing Grant to take a salary in the range of Gordon’s contract, which shouldn’t be an issue. The market for Grant is right around 15-16 million dollars a year.
$18,136,364 with 2 years left on his deal
Eric Gordon and Danuel House
Aaron Gordon is a 6ft 8 inch combo forward who can handle the basketball and of course, jump out the building. Gordon may be on the outside looking in for the Orlando Magic as they integrate in Mo Bamba and Johnathan Issac.
Gordon 3-point percentage and points per game did drop this year, but on a better team with more wide-open shots, those numbers would improve. Gordon can play either forward position and is mobile enough to guard perimeter players on switches. Gordon would be great in pick and rolls with James Harden or Westbrook because he can hit the mid-range shot ( yes, I said mid-range) or, of course, rise above anyone and finish at the rim.
The Magic may lose Evan Fournier if he decides to opt-out of his current contract and Eric Gordon would be the perfect replacement.
The Rockets have two future Hall of Famers and a veteran team. They however, still need to upgrade the roster to take that next step. With no draft picks, the only way that will happen is parting with a player like Eric Gordon. It will be an interesting offseason for sure in Rocket land.