The Houston Rockets are asking for a first-round pick in return for Eric Gordon. If you missed part 1 and/or part 2, click the links below. In part 3, we look at contender #3 that could make a move for Eric Gordon.
Contender #3 that could make a move for Eric Gordon: Dallas Mavericks
This may come as a surprise, but the Dallas Mavericks defense is dragging a lackluster offense to their 25-19 record. Yes, a team led by Luka Doncic, that had a historically good offense two seasons ago, is now a defensive juggernaut in need of some offensive upgrades.
The Mavericks own the fourth-best defensive rating and the 19th best offensive rating. An optimist would say that Luka will improve after a lackluster start, Kristaps Porzingis will stay healthy, and the team-wide 3-point shooting slump will end.
That’s a lot of ifs for a team with a championship-caliber defense and supposed MVP candidate. Eric Gordon could inject the Mavericks with the additional bite on offense they desperately need.
Gordon’s fit in Dallas is perfectly tailored to their roster’s current needs. Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson are the only two Mavericks capable of consistent self-generated offense. Gordon could slot in off the bench and lead the second unit or spell the pair when he shares the court with them as well.
The other benefit Gordon would provide is his ability to space the floor. When the Mavericks led the league in offensive rating they surrounded Doncic with shooting from all angles. Gordon’s 45.5% 3-point shooting will open up driving lanes and punish defenses that collapse on drives.
The Mavericks own all of their first-round picks except for one that is headed to New York. They also have three players, Dwight Powell, Reggie Bullock, and Maxi Kleber, who make between $8.75 million and $11 million. A package of two of those three and a first-round pick would satisfy the league office and the Rockets’ desire to land a first-round pick for Gordon.