Eric Gordon is the latest Houston Rocket to shed some weight over the break.
Kelly Iko of The Athletic reported on Friday that the Rockets swingman has already lost 12 pounds through track sprints and dieting. Iko adds that there is hope that the lighter frame will help prevent further injury to Gordon’s knees.
Gordon, who has seen his averages and percentage splits dip slightly this season, is officially listed at 216 pounds. He will also turn 32 later this year and has a history of knee troubles dating back almost a decade, so cutting down on weight figures to be a sound strategy.
One of Gordon’s star teammates made headlines recently for an even bigger weight loss, and it is obvious that the Rockets are doing everything that they can to stay in shape despite the current stoppage in play.
The Houston Rockets have Eric Gordon under contract with them for the next five seasons.
Gordon and the Rockets agreed to a four-year, $75.6 million contract extension, the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen reported Friday night. The four-year extension begins in the 2020-21 season after Gordon’s current contract expires, meaning Gordon will make around $90 million over the next five seasons.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski called it a three-year extension because the final season is not guaranteed.
Eric Gordon will get three-years, $54.5M guaranteed on his extension, per source, starting with the 2020-2021 season — $16.9M, $18.2M, and $19.6M. The non-guaranteed season would earn him $20.9M.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2019
The 30-year-old guard has been with the Rockets the past three seasons. He has averaged 16.8 points per game during his career with the Rockets on 36.4 percent shooting from three-point range. He was the 2016-17 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
The Houston Rockets are willing to move some of their key supporting cast to open up cap space and get draft picks that could set up a Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Rockets have reached out to teams with cap space and offered Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, and PJ Tucker individually. Houston’s hope is that they can net a quality first-round pick to offer to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Butler.
Reporting w/ @ZachLowe: Houston’s offering Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and PJ Tucker individually to teams w/ space to absorb salary. Rockets trying for best available first-rounder for any of those three, hoping to redirect pick to Philly in pursuit of Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
Philadelphia has been privately expressing confidence around NBA that it can re-sign Butler and Tobias Harris, but Houston remains on case of selling Butler/76ers with a sign-and-trade scenario once free agency starts on Sunday. https://t.co/xk3vLdDCGn
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
The report underscores just how serious the Rockets appear to be about landing Butler via a sign-and-trade. The 76ers will want to keep him, and there are a lot of doubts over whether this is actually a good fit for the Rockets. They’re clearly intent on making it happen, for better or worse.
NBA players often like to use cliches and tell you that one game is no different from the next and they’re only thinking about their next opponent. Eric Gordon feels differently.
The Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors 118-112 on the road on Saturday night, and they did so without James Harden. Gordon called the win “special” for Houston.
Eric Gordon: “I truly believe we’re their toughest opponent. This is another game to them. We have to continue trying to be a championship team. This is another game to them, but it’s a special win for us.”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 24, 2019
The win was special for a number of reasons. One, Houston is chasing Golden State. The teams went seven games in the Western Conference finals last season before the Warriors won out and advanced to the Finals. Two, beating the top team without their best player is a big accomplishment. And three, Houston had recently blown huge leads against the Lakers and Thunder and lost both games. Rebounding from the Thursday loss to the Lakers with Saturday’s road win at Golden State without Harden is a huge statement.
The Houston Rockets continue to be a major disappointment this season and may be making a change to their starting lineup in hopes of shaking things up.
Both The Athletic’s Kelly Iko and Shams Charania reported on Monday that Houston may move Eric Gordon into the starting lineup on Tuesday in place of James Ennis.
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) December 11, 2018
Ennis, James Harden, Clint Capela, Chris Paul, and PJ Tucker have started most of the team’s games this season. Gordon has been leading the bench unit and was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year two seasons ago, though he has made 8 starts this season.
Gordon has averaged 15.7 points per game this season, compared to 8.3 for Ennis. The Rockets are 11-14 and have lost 7 of their last 9 games. Head coach Mike D’Antoni had previously hinted at some changes being made to the team’s starting lineup.
The Houston Rockets can’t seem to break out of their funk in a season where they were one of the favorites in the Western Conference, and at least one player appears to be pointing the finger at the team’s coaching staff.
Following Thursday night’s 118-91 loss to the Utah Jazz, which was Houston’s sixth in its last eight games, veteran guard Eric Gordon shared some of his frustrations with Kelly Iko of The Athletic. One comment in particular probably won’t sit well with Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni.
“I’m just not having fun man. I’m just not. This sucks,” Gordon said. “Even the times where I have good games. We’re just not using some guys the right way. Are we gonna make the right sacrifices? Do we have the right attitude?”
It’s hard to interpret Gordon’s assertion that the team is “not using some guys the right way” as anything other than a criticism of the coaching staff. The Rockets certainly have the personnel to compete, but they have been unable to string wins together.
Iko offered a theory as to what may be bothering Gordon:
So who’s being misused? Could it be himself he was talking about? Gordon is certainly able to create his own offense, and against the Jazz he wasn’t afforded that many opportunities. Is it a coaching thing? Perhaps he’d like to see the offense open up a bit more, especially in half-court scenarios.
The Rockets always start games running dribble handoffs involving multiple players, maybe he’d want to see more of that going forward. Adding more wrinkles to an offense that’s capable of elite production might do some good. After all, doing the same thing over and over and expecting something different is the definition of insanity.
The Rockets rank 21st in the NBA with 108.5 points per game. They finished last season ranked 2nd in that category. Houston has had to play some of its starters extra minutes due to depth issues that D’Antoni recently expressed concern over, so perhaps that is part of what Gordon is referring to.
Whatever the case, the Rockets are a team that is losing more often than not in a season where expectations were sky high. That always creates frustration, and Gordon isn’t the only player in the locker room feeling that.
Eric Gordon is not expected to extend his current contract with the Houston Rockets, according to a report.
The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen reported Thursday that Gordon’s representatives and the Rockets have had discussions regarding an extension. However, with no progress being made, Gordon is expected to play out the remaining two years on his contract without receiving an extension.
“There was extension talks, but nothing really serious,” Gordon told The Houston Chronicle. “I would much rather be here as long as I can. Everything will work out. I’ll be here another two years. We’ll see what happens. I’ll see how the next two years go, but I would definitely like to be here the rest of my career.”
Gordon has been an important piece of the Rockets’ success since being traded to the team in 2011. In 2017, Gordon was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 16 points and connecting on 37 percent of his three-pointers.
Houston has reportedly considered starting Gordon this season following the losses of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute during the offseason. If that is indeed the case, Gordon’s value could receive a substantial boost and give him more leverage in contract negotiations.