1. Better options exist for the Houston Rockets
The main reason why Gordon’s rejection of the Houston Rockets should be viewed as a positive is simply because there are better options that exist for the Rockets. For example, John Collins would be a much better fit alongside Christian Wood, and has posted far better numbers than Gordon has thus far.
In addition, Collins is viewed as one of the most likeliest players to be moved on Thursday’s deadline. We’ve also heard about players such as Jerami Grant and even Indiana Pacers star Domantas Sabonis reportedly being shopped ahead of the deadline, who both have more to offer than Gordon.
Even if those players don’t get moved on Thursday, there will surely be other players that could potentially be had in the offseason. For example, the Chicago Bulls face a tough decision on Zach LaVine and the Washington Wizards will have to make a similar decision on Bradley Beal, especially depending on how their season ends.
Ditto for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are ways away from being a contender, despite having Karl Anthony-Towns on the roster. The Rockets will have three first-round picks in this year’s NBA Draft, thanks to general manager Rafael Stone’s trades that shipped out Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker, and James Harden, and they were reportedly shopping two first-round picks for Gordon.
The Rockets also have the ability to throw in more picks in future years if they want to. For example, if the Rockets don’t secure a top-four pick in this year’s draft, they could potentially be willing to part with all three of their first-rounders this year also, as their own pick would drop to the teens.
Having a bevy of assets in the form of draft capital allows the Houston Rockets to be picky, and there are better players that could potentially be had, especially in the offseason. For that reason, Gordon’s rejection is a blessing in disguise.