Rockets Hand Guard Eric Gordon a $54.5 Million Extension

Rockets' Eric Gordon (left) defending Clippers' Lou Williams (right) in Rockets vs Clippers game in 2018. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Houston Rockets decided not to let Eric Gordon hit the free market next summer and have signed the 30-year-old guard to a three-year extension. Gordon’s new deal was confirmed by Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey on Wednesday.

Gordon, who is now tied to the organization through 2022/23 NBA season, will reportedly earn $54.5 million with this new deal. He also has a $20.9 million option for 2023/24 which will become guaranteed in case Rockets win an NBA championship or he manages to make the All-Star team.

“There’s no perfect organization. But Houston has a good following, great fans — a great city to play in. It makes it much easier, being on a winning team,” Gordon explained his decision to commit long term to Rockets. “I think since I’ve been here, we’ve never gone less than 54 wins. You definitely want to be a part of something like that, and it makes everything smoother. We’ve always had great coaches and good trainers; it makes the decision easier. Everyone wants to make the most money, but it makes it even better playing for a solid organization.”

Eric Gordon signed with the Rockets in 2016 as a free agent. Since then, he established himself as one of the team’s most important players and key contributor from the bench. During his three years in Houston, Gordon averaged 16.8 points per game while adding 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists as well. He also won NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2017 and finished as a runner-up for the award in 2018.