The Houston Rockets and their roster are pretty much complete for the offseason. Should they look now to extend one of the staples of the team over the last couple of years?
Eric Gordon has been a member of the Houston Rockets since the 2016-17 season and has been a key roleplayer in one of the best stretches in team history. The skillset that he brings to the table each night has been crucial to the team averaging over 57 wins in those years.
This year is the last year of that steal of a contract that EG signed in 2016, too. He’ll make $14 million this season when he likely deserves closer to 20. With the core of this team fairly locked in for the foreseeable future, should the Rockets look to extend Gordon and keep him in Houston?
Why they should
Earlier in the offseason, Kelly Iko wrote that the Rockets and Gordon have previously discussed an extension to keep him with the team the rest of his career. There’s obviously mutual interest there, as he fits perfectly into the system of the Rockets, especially with Russell Westbrook joining the squad this year.
Gordon should be extended because he is the perfect third option for the team that has two ball-dominant guards as the stars. He can shoot from deep and, like many of the Rockets, is an underrated defender for the squad.
His versatility is super nice, too. Last season, he started at the small forward position but has been the sixth man for the team for the two years prior. Depending on matchups next year, he’ll likely switch between those roles. Having that on the team for years to come would be some nice stability for the Rockets.
While EG is entering his 30s, his game should be able to stay good for a while. His ability to spot up and knock down shots is extremely valuable for the Rockets who value a high volume of 3-pointers. Gordon can flat out score and has proved that for years. Let’s keep him for a few more.
Note from the writer
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