1. Trade Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon is 33 years old and in the second season of a four-year $75 million contract, which might be the biggest issue in finding a trade partner. Any team that would trade for him would have him under contract for a year and a half, with the final year of his deal not being guaranteed. It does become fully guaranteed if Gordon is an All-Star or 500 minutes (reg)/750 (reg/playoffs) and a Rockets Championship. This does leave some flexibility for a team that would trade for him down the line.
Early in the season, Gordon had very little trade value, coming off on two seasons in which he only played in a combined 63 due to injuries. Now that Gordon has been healthy this season, he has been playing well and has made himself a player a contending team should want.
Gordon has one of the best shooting seasons of his career, making 43% of his threes on 5.2 attempts per game, which is the second-highest percentage of his career. On top of that, he is also shooting 49% from the field on 10.2 shots.
If Gordon was traded to a contender, his shot-making ability and experience as a spark plug off the bench are very useful. He does lack on the defensive end, posting a 120 defensive rating, but he would solidify any second unit and offer a lot of scoring.
As the trade deadline approaches, the rumors circling Gordon have only grown. A move to the Utah Jazz could be coming soon, or another contender like the Phoenix Suns.