Houston Rockets trade partner number 1: The San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs find themselves in the playoff picture with a roster of seasoned veterans on expiring contracts and young players coming into their own. While Eric Gordon is not needed for this season, he would provide a stop-gap solution as the Spurs reorganize their roster around their budding young talent.
DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills are all well over 30 and in the final year of their deals. Gordon could be the franchise’s replacement for DeRozan in the coming years, while also providing a boost for their playoff run.
The Spurs have the league’s 9th rated defense but the 15th rated offense. This puts them firmly in the playoff picture, but if they want to avoid a play-in game they’ll need a boost on the offensive end.
Gordon could come in and share the court with the Spurs starters or bolster their dangerous second unit. The cost for Gordon would simply be Rudy Gay’s expiring contract.
Gay has been excellent on the defensive end this season but his offense has left something to be desired. The Spurs have ample depth at the wing and power forward position and should look to cash in now when this core has one last shot at a real playoff run.
The Rockets could use Gay’s defensive versatility to bolster their already stifling defense and because his contract is expiring he’ll give the franchise the financial flexibility they have prioritized this season. Eric Gordon makes the Spurs better and gives the Rockets a useful player this season while clearing cap space in the future.