The Miami Heat are set to run it back with nearly the exact same roster that brought them within one game of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last season, which seems somewhat underwhelming considering they were heavily linked to possibly landing Kevin Durant or Donovan Mitchell all summer.
In exchange for Gordon, who’s the Rockets’ highest-paid player and is halfway through his four-year, $75.5 million contract, the Heat would send over sharpshooter Duncan Robinson, and an unprotected 2023 first-round pick.
“If anyone’s willing to give up a first-round pick for Eric Gordon, who’ll be 34 in December, the rebuilding Houston Rockets will have to think about taking the deal,” Bailey wrote on Monday, September 19. “ He hasn’t had an above-average box plus/minus since 2017-18, and his three-point efficiency has been sporadic over the last few years.”
Therefore, Houston getting a first-round pick in exchange for Gordon is likely the best offer they will get, “even if it means taking on the potentially dubious contract of Duncan Robinson, who’s owed $19.9 million in 2025-26. ”
Gordon, the former No. 7 overall pick form the 2008 NBA Draft, averaged 13.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game last season while shooting 47.5% on field goals.
Gordon Would Be a ‘Short-Term’ Fix for the Heat
2 years ago today, Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) scored a career-high 50 PTS on 14-of-22 shooting!
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In addition to unloading Robinson’s five-year, $90 million contract, the Heat would be obtaining a veteran talent that could also help fill the gaping hole on defense left behind by power forward P.J. Tucker, who signed with the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason.
“[He’s] a bit of a flier for the Miami Heat, who’d surely be hoping for Gordon to replicate the 41.2 three-point percentage he put up last season,” Bailey wrote. “ If he did, it’s not hard to see how he raises the short-term ceiling a bit more than Robinson, whose own outside shooting has steadily slid since 2019-20. Gordon can do a lot of the same off-ball, catch-and-shoot stuff as Robinson, but he’s a …read more