Report: Gordon open to move, hasn't requested trade from Rockets

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Veteran shooting guard Eric Gordon is open to moving on from the Houston Rockets, though he hasn't directly petitioned the front office for a trade, sources told The Athletic's Kelly Iko.

The Rockets are already reportedly working to facilitate point guard John Wall's exit from the team. In the interim, the five-time All-Star is not expected to participate in games.

Gordon, who turns 33 in December, made just 63 total appearances over the past two pandemic-shortened seasons. In that span, he averaged 15.9 points, two rebounds, and two assists per game, with 32.2% shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. The Indiana product shot 37.4% from three across his first 11 seasons, including as high as 44.8% in 2014-15.

Besides his injury struggles and diminished shooting touch, Gordon's contract status further complicates matters. He's owed $18.2 million this year and $19.6 million in 2022-23. (Improbably, he'll receive an additional $20.9 million for 2023-24 if his team wins the title in either of the next two seasons.)

The Rockets posted an NBA-worst 17-55 (.236) record last season, a result of boasting the fourth-worst offensive and defensive ratings. For their dreadfulness, they wound up with the No. 2 draft pick and used it to select promising guard Jalen Green.

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