The Houston Rockets have one player that comes off the bench that plays a huge role for the team. He deserves to be with the team for years to come.
The Houston Rockets are in the offseason of re-signing their players. To start off free agency this year, they immediately re-signed Chris Paul to a four-year, $160 million contract.
Then, after quite a bit of contract negotiations, the Rockets signed Clint Capela to a five-year, $90 million extension. They were also able to quickly re-sign Gerald Green for the veteran’s minimum after his productive half season in Houston.
There is one more player that the Rockets should extend before the end of the offseason, and his name is Eric Gordon. The former Sixth Man of the Year and runner-up to that award last season deserves to stay in Houston for quite a while longer.
This topic came up earlier in the offseason when Zach Lowe mentioned that this could be a possibility for the Rockets in free agency. It hasn’t happened yet, but it definitely should.
Why he deserves it
Eric Gordon has had two great years in Houston after some up and down years in New Orleans and Los Angeles. He has found a home here and made the most out of his opportunity.
Always a starter, Gordon knew that he would be coming off the bench when he signed a four-year, $52 million deal a couple of summers ago. He has accepted that role completely and thrived in it, averaging better numbers than he did in New Orleans in fewer minutes.
After starting out very slow with his 3-point shot last season, EG managed to bring it up to 36% by the end of the year. That’s solid for how bad it looked for the first few months. That shot will always be available for him and he will continue to take it.
The Rockets can always use bench scoring, so extending one of the best in the league at doing so would be a wise decision for the franchise. Gordon is someone who wants to be in Houston the rest of his career and deserves the opportunity to do so.
Yes yes I love HOUSTON
— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) August 31, 2018
Houston loves you too, EG. Extending him now also takes away the burden of having to re-sign him in a future offseason while other teams, who likely would give him the chance to start, could offer him more money.
Let’s hope that Eric Gordon is in Rockets red for many more years, getting buckets off the bench.