This trade is an interesting one because it allows the Rockets to flex some players. For example, with Larry Nance Jr. at the four spot, Robert Covington can play the three. That provides them with just the right amount of defense from Covington and offense from Nance Jr. in the frontcourt. The move also gives Houston back some size while still being able to run micro ball if that’s what they choose.
Cedi Osman can play significant minutes off the bench and poses a dangerous perimeter threat coming off a season where he shot 38.3 percent from deep. The idea of Osman and Ben McLemore on the catch and shoot from James Harden and Russell Westbrook dishes is exciting.
Essentially the Rockets would be trading Gordon’s rather large contract for two medium-sized deals that allow the roster to be stretched out and more flexible. The Cavaliers were also in the bottom third of the league in 3-point shooting last season. Adding a guy like Eric Gordon that can light it up on any given night would not only help that but help them open up the floor as well.
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