3 Most Likely Trade Destinations for Eric Gordon
By Larry Rupp
The NBA offseason is going to be filled with trade rumors regarding Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon. The veteran shooter struggled to stay healthy during the 2020-21 season, but averaged 17.8 points and 2.6 assists while shooting 43.3% from the floor (32.9% from 3-point range).
Gordon is stuck on a rebuilding team and Houston would be smart to get what they can for him now before his value drops in the coming years. He could be the spark a contending team needs to put them over the top. With that being said, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Gordon.
Eric Gordon Trade Destinations
1. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers have reportedly already had talks with the Rockets regarding Gordon's availability and it makes a lot of sense as to why. The Pacers have been open to trading the No. 13 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft and are in need of efficient shooters. Gordon is under contract through the 2023-24 season and is earning an affordable salary of just under $20 million. Whether the team uses him off the bench or in the starting lineup, Gordon has a versatile set of offensive skills that first-year head coach Rick Carlisle would know how to take advantage of.
2. New Orleans Pelicans
Despite not making the playoffs for the third consecutive season in 2020-21, the New Orleans Pelicans look poised to improve moving forward. Their young duo of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram could use some veteran shooters like Gordon around them, though. Gordon played with the Pelicans from 2011-16 and knows the organization well. The 13-year pro has shot at least 35.9% from beyond the arc in six of his last eight seasons and would give the team another ball-handler with Lonzo Ball possibly leaving in free agency. The Pelicans seem to be on the cusp of being a playoff team and Gordon could be the missing piece to the puzzle.
3. Miami Heat
Miami Heat's backcourt may look a lot different next season with Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson set to hit free agency and Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala both with team options this summer. The Heat could be forced to make a move. Miami is just one year removed from an NBA finals appearance and trading for Gordon definitely seems like a realistic opportunity. He would be a considerable upgrade over Tyler Herro, who struggled over the second half of this season. Gordon would give the team a consistent scoring option alongside leader Jimmy Butler and add depth at a very shallow position on the roster. Plus, it wouldn't take a massive package to acquire him.
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