18 people who turned their back on the Houston Rockets franchise

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17. Aaron Gordon

In 2020-21, the Houston Rockets found themselves seeking a long-term franchise player. At the time, the Rockets were relying on Christian Wood to be the franchise's key player, although it was clear that Wood wasn't capable of doing so.

Aaron Gordon's name was mentioned as a trade possibility for the team, which said more about the state of the Rockets at the time, as they hoped Gordon could be their savior. Gordon ended all of the Rockets' hopes and dreams, as he made it clear that he wasn't interested in coming to the Space City.

Gordon wasn't capable of being a primary option, which had been made clear during his time with the Orlando Magic. Gordon's best season saw him average 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 43.4 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from deep, and 69.8 percent from the foul line.

The audacity!

Gordon realized that he wasn't capable of being a primary option and went to the Denver Nuggets as a third option behind Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.