It’s looking less and less likely that Eric Gordon will not be signing an extension with the Rockets this offseason.
Eric Gordon has been a staple with the Houston Rockets over the past two years after signing a deal in the summer of 2016. He has been the sixth man for the team and has been able to step in flawlessly to the starting lineup when needed.
He’s also been in the news quite a bit this offseason. The idea of signing Gordon to an extension was thrown around near the beginning of the summer. He’s also been involved in Jimmy Butler trade talks as a central piece to the deal should it happen. Most recently, though, he appears to be the favorite for the starting small forward job for the upcoming season.
Eric Gordon on the potential of starting with a three-guard lineup and on a new guy that stood out early. pic.twitter.com/m9aVqQZhCP
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) September 26, 2018
As far as contract extension talks go, though, it looks like there was no traction. The two sides will likely play out the final two years of the deal and move from there. Gordon really seems to be interested in finishing his career in Houston, though. This all comes from Jonathan Feigen’s story today that you can find here.
“There was extension talks, but nothing really serious. I would much rather be here as long as I can. Everything will work out. I’ll be here another two years. We’ll see what happens. I’ll see how the next two years go, but I would definitely like to be here the rest of my career.”
Why wouldn’t Gordon want to spend the rest of his career here in Houston? He’s enjoyed two of his best seasons in the league and certainly his most successful in terms of winning. He’s in for another big role this season, potentially becoming a full-time starter for the first time in his Rockets days.
Gordon increased his scoring load last season up to 18 points a night on 36% shooting from deep. That shooting percentage should go up this year, as it was mostly his slow start to the year from 3 that caused that. With the addition of Carmelo Anthony, though, I don’t see his scoring going up too much more.
We’re in for another great year and Eric Gordon will be right at the center of it as one of the most electric players on the Rockets.