According to reports, the Utah Jazz are interested in the most senior member of the Houston Rockets, Eric Gordon. The Jazz trading for Gordon almost seems too obvious. They take the highest percentage of their shots from 3-point range and just lost one of their best marksmen, Joe Ingles, for the season to an ACL injury.
Gordon has been one of the best 3-point shooters in the league this season and would be an excellent replacement for Ingles. Ingles has been an integral part of recent Jazz teams. His shooting, playmaking, and length made him a player that the Jazz would only part with if they were landing a significant talent.
However, his play had slipped this season to the point where his name was being mentioned in trade rumors. A drop from a 65.2% effective field goal percentage to 54% will do that. The Jazz have been missing the Ingles from last season, but, fortunately for them, the Eric Gordon of this season has been a lot like the Joe Ingles of last season.
Ingles in 2020-21, when he finished second in Sixth Man of Year voting, averaged 12.1 points 4.7 assists per game on 45.1% 3-point shooting and 59% shooting on 2-pointers. Eric Gordon, this season, has averaged 14.2 points and 3 assists on 42.7% 3-point shooting and 55.8% shooting on 2-pointers. Gordon trades a little passing for scoring, but all things considered, they’re generating a similar level of offensive output.
The combination of a decline in play, injury, and an expiring contract has made trading Ingles a no-brainer. These are three trades that send Eric Gordon to the Utah Jazz and set the Rockets up for the future.