Rockets wait with Eric Gordon’s potential trade, appreciate his influence
In each normal NBA calendar year, December 15 marks the unofficial start of the commercial season, as this is the date that most players who signed in the previous offseason are also eligible for treatment. In other words, teams are much more aware of the full range of possibilities.
This dynamic could lead some to question the situation involving the Rockets and veteran guard Eric Gordon. After all, Gordon turns 33 this Christmas and Houston is in the midst of a rebuilding movement prioritizing the development of young players like Kevin Porter Jr., 21, and Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun, 19.
But the Rockets (9-18) have won 8 of their last 10 games, with Gordon as the main reason, and they also appreciate what his presence means to these young teammates. As a result, while a trade is certainly possible by the February 10, 2022 deadline, the Rockets are not rushing. With Gordon under contract for the 2022-2023 season as well, it would have to be a compelling offer to make it worth it.
After recalling John Wall’s obvious availability in the trades, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle explained Gordon’s situation:
There didn’t seem to be any urgency to move the roster’s highest paid veterans, Eric Gordon and Christian Wood.
As was the case last summer, Gordon’s value seems greater for the Rockets on the floor than in any comeback he would get from a trade. In December, teams tend to look for the right deals. The Rockets, satisfied not only with Gordon’s game but also with the influence of his professionalism and work ethic on his young teammates, seem willing to be patient.
– Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 14, 2021
The odds are favorable that an agreement will eventually be reached. Gordon ranks among the best defensemen in the league, and he’s now shooting a remarkable 44.8% from 3 points. With teams eager for 3&D wings – and especially those used to playing well in playoff big moments – it would be surprising if a title contender didn’t pay the bounty required to get Gordon out of Houston and give general manager Rafael Stone the kind of future assets (prospects and / or interim considerations) that seem to better fit the Rockets’ rebuilding schedule.
But until such a deal occurs – and Feigen believes teams are unlikely to feel more pressure on deadlines in February – the Rockets are happy to move forward with the status quo. . The same goes for 26-year-old tall man Christian Wood, according to Feigen, who confirms a recent report that Wood is not untouchable but that the Rockets are not looking to move him. In other words, a high asking price must be met.
At this time, the Rockets are not actively looking to move their most desirable players. They would certainly listen to veterans who are largely outside of the current rotation, like Daniel Theis and David Nwaba, but for Gordon and Wood – who are clearly key players in the team’s current success – it could take until February ( if so) for contenders to make the kind of offer Stone deems worthy of relinquishing this caliber of player.
Otherwise, the two are already under contract for 2022-23, and the Rockets could simply reconsider their situation during the 2022 offseason.
Watch EG get to work. ??
– Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 14, 2021