What the Houston Rockets should do with Eric Gordon
The Houston Rockets should hang onto Eric Gordon for the 2021-22 season. His value around the league is too low to land anything of interest over the summer and his value as a mentor to a young team makes his salary palatable.
If Gordon has a strong season then he could become a trade target at mid-season or next offseason when he only has one more year of guaranteed money left on his contract. Gordon is the last man standing from the best Rockets teams since the back-to-back title-winning teams of the 90s.
His contributions to the franchise should give him some say in his future and if he wants to see out the life of his deal then the front office should listen. At the end of the day, Gordon is still an NBA caliber player, it’s simply that his contract is not commensurate with his abilities anymore.
The Rockets won’t be in a position to compete over the next few seasons so eating his contract won’t cost them a chance at a title. The future is bright in Houston if the Rockets are able to land a few blue-chip prospects over the next few drafts.
When Gordon’s contract comes off the books the Rockets will have an up-and-coming roster with a mountain of cap space. Hopefully, his presence will help the roster grow as he acts as the bridge between the last and next great Rockets’ team.