Houston Rockets trade #1.
This trade proposal centers around Eric Gordon, who would be the best of the four players to be moved in this deal. Although Gordon has fell victim to the injury bug of late, he was having a bounce-back season in 2020-21 before getting injured.
In fact, there was talk around the league that multiple teams had expressed interest in acquiring Gordon, and unsurprisingly, as he averaged 17.8 points, which was better than either of the previous two seasons. Gordon had his explosiveness back and showed a renewed bounce, which would be the key to his inconsistent 3-point shot.
The Pacers would give up Justin Holiday in this deal, shedding themselves of his remaining two years and $12.2 million that he’s owed. Holiday averaged 10.5 points on 38.2% from three, while taking 6.3 attempts, and could possibly be moved at a later point by the Rockets.
In addition, Indiana would get back Danuel House, who could benefit from a change of scenery and could thrive as a 3-and-D wing for a contending team, like the Pacers would be in the Eastern Conference. Although House hasn’t been the most consistent since his arrival in Houston, he’d be motivated by the fact that he’s in a contract year, as he’s surely seeking another pay day.
As we’ve seen time and time again, and also with Kelly Olynyk‘s stint with the Houston Rockets, contract years oftentimes tend to bring out the best in athletes. And with House 28-years-old and still in the prime of his career, the Pacers should gladly welcome House as a salary filler.