NBA Trade Rumors: Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers register interest in former Sixth Man of the Year

Eric Gordon is reportedly available for a trade package that involves a first-round pick.
Eric Gordon is reportedly available for a trade package that involves a first-round pick.
Michael Macasero

The Phoenix Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly interested in Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon.

The former Sixth Man of the Year has been a consistent feature in trade reports since last February’s trade deadline.

Brian Windhorst was one of the first to break the news on "NBA Today":

"Keep an eye on the Houston Rockets. They’ve already done one deal this offseason. Look for a little bit of an Eric Gordon sweepstakes in play.
"A couple of teams I’ve heard interested are the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns."

The Houston Rockets are seemingly planning to get more draft capital, although they already have three first-round picks in the upcoming draft. Included in that trio of draft assets is the lottery pick they got for Christian Wood from the Dallas Mavericks.

The 76ers and Suns are among the teams expressing interest in Eric Gordon, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst(h/t @theScoreNBA )

The Rockets are set for a full rebuild and will likely have a very young team next season. Their No. 3 draft pick, who is likely to be either Paolo Banchero or Chet Holmgren, is almost a nailed-on starter.

Former Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who’s now with the Philadelphia 76ers, could also push to get another shooter onto his team. Gordon’s outside sniping will be invaluable for James Harden and Joel Embiid.

Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer has an intriguing idea of how the 76ers could look in the offseason:

'Sixers trying to create salary-cap space for Tucker, shopping Thybulle and the No. 23 pick."
'Sources: Sixers trying to create salary cap space for Tucker; shopping Thybulle and No. 23 pick' by Locked On 76ers - Daily Podcast On The Philadelphia Sixers

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns could have had Eric Gordon last February but were unwilling to give up a first-round pick. He could have been invaluable when Devin Booker was dealing with hamstring troubles.

Gordon’s outside shooting would have been highlighted in the Suns’ matchup versus the Dallas Mavericks.

Will Eric Gordon be a better fit for the Phoenix Suns or the Philadelphia 76ers?

The Phoenix Suns or the Philadelphia 76ers could always use a shooter in the mold of Eric Gordon.
The Phoenix Suns or the Philadelphia 76ers could always use a shooter in the mold of Eric Gordon.

Despite the Houston Rockets’ awful season, where they sacrificed everything to develop Jalen Green, Michael Porter Jr. and Alperen Sengun, Gordon was a bright spot.

Gordon made 47.5% of his shots, including a sizzling 41.2% from 3-point range. The 33-year-old also added experience to Houston’s extremely young core.

The Phoenix Suns are interested in acquiring Eric Gordon, @WindhorstESPN reports on NBA Today

Whether it’s with the Phoenix Suns or the Philadelphia 76ers, Eric Gordon will be a sixth man extraordinaire.

Tyrese Maxey usually plays the two-guard beside James Harden in Philly, which will ensure Gordon comes off the bench.

The Philadelphia 76ers are interested in Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker.

It’s basically the same scenario as the Phoenix Suns. Reigning NBA Coach of the Year Monty Williams will certainly keep the All-Star pairing of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Mikal Bridges has also locked up the small forward spot for the Suns.

Eric Gordon will be a significant addition to both the 76ers and the Suns. He is a dead-eye shooter who can also put the ball down and drive to the basket.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh


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