4. Eric Gordon
The Clippers chose not to guarantee Gordon’s $21 million contract for next season, which made him an unrestricted free agent just one day before things opened up. It was a surprising move, but it saved LA over $100 million on their luxury tax bill.
Gordon averaged 12.4 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game split between the Rockets and Clippers. The 34-year-old guard can still get buckets and make plays along with providing leadership in the locker room.
The Mavericks finished 25th in defensive rating last season, and they cannot sign another undersized wing for the mid-level exception. The case can be made that Gordon is the best option available in a vacuum, but he does not fit what Dallas needs.
The Dallas Mavericks need more talent on their roster, but the signing of Seth Curry eliminates them from the Eric Gordon sweepstakes. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving will both average 35-plus minutes per game, and head coach Jason Kidd has to find playing time for Curry, Jaden Hardy, Josh Green, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Reggie Bullock. There is just no room to add Eric Gordon to that mix.
The Mavs could have interest if they pull off a trade that moves pieces around, but for now, Eric Gordon’s free agency is just something for Dallas to monitor.