You’re right in that all of your deals would have ended around the same time. But everyone from that run is gone now. How often do you think about that, and how seriously have you thought about pursuing a championship still — even if it’s somewhere else? Eric Gordon: "I haven’t really thought that far because the season hasn’t ended, and I really like it here, man. I’ve always loved it here from Day 1. I’ve done a lot of winning, I’ve won a lot of awards here. Just done well here, we won a lot of games here. It’s tough to kind of walk away from all that because my goal here was, if things went well here, was to retire here."
So you’re under contract for a few more seasons here. Has this season, your age and NBA mortality caused you to think about your future? Eric Gordon: You do have to think about your future. No question. Because we went through a lot of change. When I signed my contract in Houston, I thought we were going to be a team that keeps the band together and tries to keep pushing for the (championship). When I got my extension all of our years kind of ended the same — me, James, Russ. Us three, I thought we were all going to align our deals together and almost kinda end two to three years from now. After that, that just completely went overblown, but as I said, things can always change easily when you have a new coach, a new GM and that’s that.
Hoop Central: Report: There is a “great deal of interest” around the league in Eric Gordon, via @wojespn .
It is really tough. Gordon is such a wonderful fit for what the Rockets want to do on both ends of the floor but health and age (31) are both working against him. Gordon’s story also changes because of the extension he and the Rockets agreed to before this season- instead of his contract expiring this summer, Houston now owes him $16.9 million in 2020-21, $18.2 million in 2021-22 and $19.6 million in 2022-23 before a non-guaranteed final season.
If other general managers trusted that Gordon would be even mostly healthy moving forward, someone would likely jump on that as a reasonable gamble considering his talent. Of course, in that case, the Rockets would not be looking to move him. Instead, moving him for someone who can actually help the team now will be extremely difficult, especially if management does not want to take on a worse contract or attach assets. I would just keep Gordon around and see if a bounce-back year returns him to the fold unless a stronger-than-expected offer happens this offseason.
As of Thursday, league sources told The Athletic the Rockets have been shopping Capela and Eric Gordon for a first-round pick that could then be used to entice Philadelphia to do a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.
Mark Berman: Eric Gordon on ESPN reporting the #Rockets are trying to trade him to get a first-round pick: "I've been thru all this before. It's all business. I don't really worry about it at all. (Says he's not disappointed or bothered by the report) "I'm not at all.."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Reporting w/ @ZachLowe: Houston’s offering Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker individually to teams w/ space to absorb salary. Rockets trying for best available first-rounder for any of those three, hoping to redirect pick to Philly in pursuit of Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade.
Butler would be eligible to sign a four-year, $140 million contract on the way to the Rockets, but Houston would likely need to include center Clint Capela and guard Eric Gordon to make the financial deal work, sources said.
Trading Paul would have positioned the Rockets to be a Clint Capela or Eric Gordon trade away from freeing up the cap space to sign Jimmy Butler, who league sources say they plan to pursue.
The Heat is expected to check in with Houston on available players (Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon) but not sure there’s an ideal match there. Memphis’ Mike Conley remains among several possibilities.
Gordon is entering the final year of his four-year, $54 million deal, another bargain on the market given his skill set. It’s no surprise these were among the pieces frequently talked about in possible trade scenario. One person close to Gordon still believes Houston could move him this summer or before the trade deadline if a long-term extension agreement can’t be reached.
The Rockets are indeed shopping everyone on the roster not named Harden. The complexities involved in moving Chris Paul, who at age 34 has three years and nearly $125 million left on his contract, have Houston officials actively exploring the trade market for Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker.
As one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said, they are operating under the belief that at least one of those three mainstays will not be a Rocket next season.
After Butler plays 39 minutes in a loss to the Clippers that dropped the Wolves to 0-3 on the trip, the Wolves have conversations with the Heat about a possible trade. But the Heat inform the Wolves that Richardson is no longer on the table after his stellar start to the season, and the Wolves move on. Minnesota begins to engage seriously with Philadelphia, New Orleans and Houston. New Orleans’ package is headlined by Nikola Mirotic and an unprotected first-round draft pick and the Rockets’ proposal has Eric Gordon, Nene and two first-round picks, sources said. The 76ers come with their proposal around Robert Covington and Dario Saric, leaving the Timberwolves to deliberate.
Some things are in his control, and his understanding of how the league works is part of the reason he declined to sign a long-term extension in Houston this offseason. That isn’t to say he wants out; he has stated on numerous occasions that he’d love to finish his career as a Rocket.
Overlooked in all of this is that players have lives outside of the 48 minutes they spend on the court. A transaction that seems simple on the surface actually involves several layers of complexity. And in today’s social media-crazed society, players can only block out so much. “All I can do is go out there and play,” Gordon said. “The only tough thing is some of your friends always come to you with, ‘Do you think you’re gonna be traded?’ That’s the only annoying thing. At the end of the day I’m just a basketball player and I have to control what I can control.”
Houston has offered four future first-round picks to Minnesota, but that package doesn't include guard Eric Gordon, who'd be mandatory for Minnesota in any proposed deal, league sources said. Thibodeau wants a maximum return on players able to help Minnesota get back to the playoffs.
Stefano Fusaro: Jimmy Butler update: According to a league source, The Wolves contacted the Rockets again Tuesday morning, after their failed deal with Miami this past weekend. Minnesota was still adamant on receiving Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker, but Houston will not put Tucker on the table.
Sources say Dell Demps has shopped Eric Gordon and Omer Asik, but has not attracted much interest. Gordon has an expiring contract, but he has had an injury-riddled career with the Pelicans that includes missing the last 12 games with a fractured ring finger.
New Orleans has gotten inquiries on Ryan Anderson, though thus far has indicated little appetite for trading him. The Pelicans have, on the other hand, exhibited a willingness to consider deals for Eric Gordon and/or Tyreke Evans.
Before the injury, sources say the Pelicans were exploring trade offers for Gordon. There is still a chance the Pelicans could look to trade Gordon before the Feb. 18 deadline if they can find a willing team. Gordon was the only Pelicans' player to start 40 of the first 41 games before getting injured.
Sam Amick: A lot of teams would love to get their hands on soon-to-be free agent forward Ryan Anderson. But I've been told that if New Orleans had its way they were much more willing to give up Eric Gordon in a deal depending on what was coming back in return.
With the Pelicans’ season not going as planned, the franchise has begun exploring the possibility of change. Shooting guard Eric Gordon and forward-center Ryan Anderson, both in the last years of their contracts, and Tyreke Evans have been discussed in potential trade scenarios, but nothing is imminent, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 18.
March 25, 2023 | 5:21 am EDT Update
Jarace Walker to enter the draft
Jon Rothstein: Houston’s Jarace Walker told reporters that he plans to declare for the 2023 NBA Draft. Walker is projected to be a lottery pick.
Jayson Tatum on Jaylen Brown: 'Without him, we can’t reach our goal'
Jayson Tatum on what he and Brad Stevens told Jaylen Brown during the past offseason: “Just reassuring the obvious — that we need him. He’s a big part of this team, this franchise. Without him, we can’t reach our goal.”
Jaylen Brown: “It’s the beginning of Ramadan. So definitely being in better spirits. Trying to be… I guess… Smile more a little bit. Just to come out and show your enthusiasm and love for the game. I get that a lot if I don’t smile enough.”
Austin Reaves: 'I want to make as much money as I can and be as successful as I can no matter where it’s at'
NBA Central: Austin Reaves says he’d like to stay with the Lakers but the NBA is a business “Anybody that says we don’t play the game for money is lying… I want to make as much money as I can and be as successful as I can no matter where it’s at.”
Kyrie Irving responds to boos: 'If the fans wanna change places, then hey, be my guest'
Tim MacMahon: Kyrie Irving on boos in Dallas: “So what? … You obviously want to play well, but you it’s only five people on the court that can play for Dallas Mavericks. If the fans wanna change places, then hey, be my guest. Got years of work ahead to be great enough to be on this level.”
Draymond Green: Joel Embiid is the hardest guy to guard in the league
After the game, Embiid told Green why he was inspired into such a herculean effort against Golden State. “He said, ‘You know why I played like that tonight?,” Green recalled on the postgame podium. “You said Joker was the hardest person to guard in the league, so I took that personal.’ So I wanna tell y’all Joel is the hardest guy to guard in the league.”