What to make of Eric Gordon’s future on the Rockets

“No need really to make changes when you’re so close,” said Gordon, who is heading into the final season of his contract and has said he would like to reach agreement on an extension. “All we did is lose to a team like Golden State. They had a dynasty of a team. But they had a lot of injuries so it’s wide open.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/rockets/article/Eric-Gordon-knows-where-he-stands-with-Rockets-14084160.php

The question of Eric Gordon’s future on the Rockets is something I’ve been discussing since early last season, particularly on my page at Forbes. I’ve maintained now that the question regarding Gordon’s impending free agency next summer is the last major question from a roster building standpoint during the James Harden era. Nothing has changed with the trade for Russell Westbrook.

If Houston lets Gordon walk, they’ll lose a major piece of their team with no avenue to recover – they’re hopelessly over the cap for the duration of the Harden/Westbrook marriage. The Rockets either need to trade Gordon or extend him during the season. Letting him hit unrestricted free agency during the weak free agent class of 2020 would be flirting with disaster.

I think Gordon fits even better now with Westbrook, given the need to surround Russ with shooting. Had the Rockets kept Paul, I thought a longer and more athletic wing might have made more sense. If the Rockets extend Gordon for three more seasons after next year, they can have all four of Gordon, Harden, Westbrook, and Clint Capela come off the books in the summer of 2023. Gordon would also be 33 that season.

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red94.net.

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