In September of 2019, when the Houston Rockets signed Eric Gordon to a four-year $75.6 million contract extension hardly anyone batted an eye. Sure, Gordon was 30, still had one more year on his current deal and the new contract would carry through his age 35 season, but he had just been a crucial part of a Rockets team that had narrowly missed out on the NBA Finals.
Eric Gordon was vital to Houston Rockets success
In the three seasons prior to signing the extension, Gordon averaged 16.8 points a game on 36.5-percent 3-point shooting. His 3-point shooting is even more impressive considering he averaged 8.8 attempts over that period, which made him one of the game's better high-volume 3-point shooters.
In Gordon, the Rockets had found the perfect backcourt partner for James Harden. He was as comfortable playing off the ball as he was initiating the offense, which allowed him to be both a valuable bench piece and spot starter.
Unfortunately, in the two years since Gordon put pen to paper on his extension, his career has not been the same. He has struggled to stay on the court playing in 63 of 144 games and seen his 3-point shooting crater to 32.2-percent.
The Houston Rockets need to think about life without Eric Gordon
With three years and $58.7 million remaining on his deal, the Rockets have to start thinking of ways to get off of Gordon’s deal. A rebuilding team doesn’t have much use for an aging overpaid veteran, but that doesn’t mean no one does.
Gordon is a good bet to regain some of his 3-point shooting stroke and he posted a career-best 2-point field goal percentage last season. Gordon has always been a low turnover player, meaning he has value for a team in need of a secondary shot creator.
Finally, while Gordon is owed $59.7 million over the next three seasons, his third season for $20.9 million is not fully guaranteed. There’s a team that Eric Gordon makes better, it’s just not the Rockets, here are three trades that send Eric Gordon out of Houston.