The Houston Rockets’ most tenured player, Eric Gordon, has reportedly caught the attention of the New York Knicks. According to a report from the New York Post, the Knicks have discussed a trade for Gordon to help jolt their playoff ambitions.
In his 14th NBA season, Gordon is having one of the best seasons of his career. He’s posting a career-best field-goal percentage and the second-best 3-point field-goal percentage of his career.
He has also been able to showcase his ability to run an offense. Over the past few weeks, with both Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr out with injury, Gordan has averaged 16.2 points and 4.4 assists per game on 48.2-percent shooting and 43.4-percent shooting from 3-point range.
Gordon’s excellent start to the season has reestablished his trade value after two poor seasons. The only impediment to a Gordon trade is his contract.
Gordon is owed $18.2 million this season, $19.5 million next, and a non-fully guaranteed $20.9 million in 2023-24. Gordon’s contract has language that fully guarantees his final season if he wins a championship.
Most teams would gladly pay Gordon $20.9 million in 2023-24 if it means they won a title, but the two years $37.7 million left on his deal, will limit his list of suitors.
Walker fell out of the rotation completely, and Fournier is averaging 13.1 points per game after averaging 17 points per game over his previous five seasons.
Third-year guard RJ Barrett has taken significant steps back after an impressive sophomore season. After an offseason where the Knicks thought they upgraded their backcourt, Tom Thibodeau has become increasingly reliant on Derrick Rose and Alec Burks.
The Knicks desperately need backcourt help, but they won’t be the only franchise to get Rafael Stone on the line to try and make a deal. These are three trades the Knicks could make to land Gordon and help bolster the Rockets’ rebuild.