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Eric Gordon trade: Who says no to a possible deal with the Rockets?

Eric Gordon trade: Who says no to a possible deal with the Rockets?

Building realistic crafts is a fun and stimulating exercise that improves the N.B.A experience Well, usually. When it comes to rebuilding teams with veterans in difficult positions, things can be complicated with so many factors to consider.

This is the case in the long run rockets guard Eric Gordon. His situation is quickly becoming one of the most uncomfortable sagas in the league.

After missing the playoffs the past two seasons and likely this year, it’s no secret that Gordon, a 15-year veteran, wants to move in a new direction. Given where the Rockets are organizationally, with an influx of young talent and soon-to-be financial flexibility, it makes sense that they’d also be ready to move in another direction.

Let’s get this out of the way: Gordon, even at 34 years old, is still a talented NBA player, despite what bad optics or Twitter discourse might produce. The Rockets’ point differential with Gordon on the floor has been in the 70th percentile or better in five of the last six seasons in Houston, with the lone non-positive coming in the COVID-interrupted 2019-20 season. There’s a reason head coach Stephen Silas holds Gordon in such high regard. Gordon isn’t the veteran to yell in your face or even call for a quick huddle (qualities his set of young teammates might need), but things are generally better with him than without.

That said, Gordon is not excused when considering Houston’s poor performances. He is averaging career lows in usage, shots and, as a result, points. He is not defending at the high rate he once did. His body language has not been great. When he speaks publicly, his frustrations are clear. This all turns into a situation that could use a resolution sooner rather than later.

So what do the Rockets do? really do you want for him Is there a trade that works? What better place than Twitter to find the (potential) answers to your burning questions?

Twitter Commerce 1: The Big Apple?

The Rockets have held out for a first-round pick for Gordon’s services, but that seems like the framework for something I think Houston would at least consider. They would get a free look at an old top 10 pick Cam reddish who desperately needs a change of scenery and enlists the help of grassroots and veterans alike Derrick Rose. The latter would be 35 years old and have a $15 million cap hit at the start of the 2023-24 season, but Houston could always decline that option if it wanted to.

New Yorkview from: The Knicks need to consider trading two guys who aren’t currently playing for a vet who has rediscovered his three-point shooting over the last two seasons. The Knicks could use a deep threat. If they don’t have to give up a pick or a rotation player to acquire one, that appeals to them. — Fred Katz

Twitter Trading 2: The lakers I don’t understand what DND means

Eric Gordon trade: Who says no to a possible deal with the Rockets?

The Lakers seem to have hung this package as often as the Rockets have with Gordon. That doesn’t surprise me, but expectations have to be tempered for any Gordon trade. Patrick BeverleyHis return to Houston would be an immediate shake-up in the locker room, and there’s no denying that his experience would be welcome. His assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.49 is considerably higher than Jalen Greensound Kevin Porter Jr.‘s, and his style of play suits that type of scorer, not to mention his appetite for aggressive defense.

The vision of the Lakers: I think the Lakers would strongly consider this deal. They’re interested in any trade that doesn’t force them to give up one of their future first-round picks. Gordon isn’t the explosive scorer or dead-eyed shooter he once was, but he’s clearly an offensive upgrade over Beverley and Kendrick Nunn. Defensively, his 6-foot-9 wingspan and 215-pound frame allow him to defend players bigger than his 6-foot-3 height. This is the kind of minor move that could improve the Lakers’ rotation and preserve their picks for use this summer. — Jovan Buha

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Not sure how much interest it has bulls They have someone like Gordon given his age, but they shouldn’t turn their noses up at the prospect of more floor space. Chicago is four games under .500, in the middle of the pack offensively and in the bottom five in 3-pointers.

There’s also not much meat on the bone at the wing position, outside DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavine. If the Bulls aren’t committed to blowing him up next month and want to remain somewhat relevant, adding Gordon makes sense. But I would imagine they would look at pretty much any other route that didn’t involve them outright Lonzo danceas a three-team framework.

I know Ball’s luck with injuries is bad, but me to think the rockets would make that deal. When Ball was healthy, the Bulls looked like a well-oiled machine. He’s a legitimate shooter and playmaker who can also defend.

The view of the bulls: No way the Bulls are ready to go. This deal is the equivalent of the Bulls waving the proverbial white flag on the roster they aggressively assembled and then doubled down on going forward this season. Parting with Ball now, while he’s on the slow road to recovery from knee surgery and having appeared in just 35 games with the Bulls, would be as cruel as it is rare. Sure enough, the Bulls would waive Ball only because of injury issues. If that’s the case, why would the Rockets want him? — Darnell Mayberry

Twitter Trade 4: Maybe Eric can light up the beam?

I’m guessing the Kings’ main goal here is to get rid of Richaun Holmes’ money and use a future first-rounder to incentivize the Rockets to take him, but Houston is high enough on this return to risk cutting his future limit? May be Sacramento uses Gordon’s previous ties to GM Monte McNair, who previously worked in Houston. There is a world where Gordon comes in with energy and strengthens his second unit on the side Malik Monk, but that seems like a lot to give up, especially when the future first-rounder is added. You could probably get a better return for a package like this.

Don’t get me wrong: I still think there’s a player in Holmes. He flirted with being a 10-point, 10-rebound guy for three straight years and plays a bit like Clint Capela-lite when he’s right. But the Rockets are already struggling to find minutes for the big three in the current rotation. Adding a 29-year-old center midseason doesn’t make much sense during a rebuild. A trade like this is best served in the offseason.

King’s View: That’s a lot for Sacramento to give up for a player who doesn’t exactly fit what they need. I like Gordon, but not the idea that he’s going to guard the 3 position, because they’ve already done that Kevin Huertermonk, By Aaron Fox and all the others. I think it’s a good trade for the Rockets, I just don’t think it’s a deal that the Kings are motivated enough to do. — Danny Leroux

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