Considering the youth movement in Houston, it is only a matter of time before the Rockets move on from veteran guard Eric Gordon. And according to New York Post’s Marc Berman, that time might be now with the New York Knicks emerging as a strong contender to land the 32-year-old.
Berman reports that the Knicks have been internally discussing a potential trade for Gordon for a while now, viewing him as a valuable contributor who could solve their offensive problems and add reliable 3-point shooting. The New York team is having a rough start of the season, which sees them sitting at No. 12 in the Eastern Conference with a 13-16 record, and believes a player like Gordon could make an immediate impact.
The Rockets, on the other hand, wouldn’t mind getting some assets in return for Gordon. While he’s highly respected by the franchise, the Rockets are currently rebuilding and want to give their younger players a chance. Moving Gordon would open up valuable minutes and allow them to get a better look at some of their prospect. Getting draft capital or another young player is just a bonus.
If the Knicks pull off a trade for Gordon, they won’t just be a better team but will also make their point guard Derrick Rose happy. The two go way back, having played together in Amateur Athletic Union with the Mean Streets Express. Rose even tried to team up with Gordon during his first stint in New York, but Gordon chose to join the Rockets in free agency instead.
Gordon played 24 games for the Rockets this season and is currently averaging 14.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.