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Should the Mavericks trade for Eric Gordon?

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Case against the Dallas Mavericks trading for Eric Gordon

Gordon is far from the perfect fit. The Mavericks are trying to improve on the defensive end of the floor this season and need to get stops if they are going to win in the playoffs. Gordon is a below-average defender, especially at this stage of his career.

The injuries are starting to become a worry too. He has missed significant time with knee injuries in recent years, including being limited to just 63 games in the last two seasons combined. The Mavericks have injury worries of their own, and the trade for J.J. Redick at last year’s deadline did not work out because he could not stay healthy. Would Gordon’s injury history scare off the Mavericks?

Eric Gordon has not played well since the start of the 2019-2020 season. Injuries have played a role, but he is shooting just 40.6 percent from the field and 33.7 percent on his 3-pointers. It could be a sign of the 32-year-old slowing down. He is shooting 44.6 percent on his field goals and 41.9 percent from three through 18 games this season, so perhaps it was strictly a health issue.

Eric Gordon also has $40.5 million left on his contract after this season. The Dallas Mavericks would only be on the hook for next year as his final season is not guaranteed, but having a 34-year-old on the roster making $19.5 million is risky.