Post-free agency trade for Dallas Mavericks to consider: 4. Mavs grab Gordon
The Rockets were shopping Gordon before the draft (subscription required). They are in the midst of a full rebuild and have no reason to hold onto the veteran wing. The Rockets were hoping to use him to move up in the first round of the 2021 draft, but no deal was made.
Gordon has three years and $58.7 million remaining on his contract. The veteran is a proven scorer that can get buckets in the postseason. He creates shots, handles the ball, and makes simple plays. The 32-year-old would be a boost to almost every contender but has dealt with significant injuries in each of the last two seasons.
Would the Rockets be willing to deal him for Dwight Powell and two second-round picks? They are not looking to contend, so Powell’s two-year deal does not harm their bottom line. Houston saves some money, improves their chances of getting the top pick, and adds two second-round selections to use going forward.
This deal is a win-win for both sides, especially if the Dallas Mavericks believe they will be stuck over the cap in the summer of 2022. Eric Gordon is a proven scorer that can play significant minutes on the wings. The Mavs would have Reggie Bullock, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Gordon to eat up the playing time and always have a plus floor spacer out there next to Luka Doncic.