Sixers Pursuing Trade For Rockets’ Eric Gordon; In Talks With Trail Blazers

The 76ers are having trade conversations with the Rockets centered on veteran guard Eric Gordon, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.Eric Gordon

This is the second such report this week, as Brian Windhorst of ESPN cited the Sixers and Suns as teams targeting Gordon. Pompey added the Rockets and Sixers are seeking a third team to help facilitate a deal.

Along with that, Pompey reported the Sixers are discussing a straight-up trade of Matisse Thybulle with the Trail Blazers. The Blazers just acquired Jerami Grant from the Pistons and are also said to be targeting the Raptors’ OG Anunoby.

Gordon, of course, was a member of the Rockets when current 76ers head of basketball operations Daryl Morey was GM in Houston, and James Harden was the star.

Like the Sixers, the Suns are looking for an additional veteran presence, making them a natural suitor for a player such as Gordon — who also played with Chris Paul while with the Rockets.

Gordon, 33, is 6-foot-3 and the Rockets are reportedly looking to move him for younger players who can be part of their rebuild. He averaged 13.4 points and shot 41.2 percent on 3-pointers in 57 games last season.

A point guard in size, Gordon is mostly known for his ability as a catch-and-shoot player who could perhaps be a nice fit next to Harden and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia, or Paul and the rest of the cast in Phoenix.

Marc Stein of The Stein Line recently wrote that the Rockets are seeking a first-round pick for Gordon — though there is a belief around the league they could lower their asking price ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft.

He is due to make $19.6 million next season and $20.9 million in 2023-24. “However, the final season is fully non-guaranteed unless Gordon’s team wins the NBA Finals in 2023 or he makes the All-Star team in 2023,” RealGM wrote.

Added Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors: “If they can land Gordon, the Sixers would secure a solid outside shooter and ball-handler who can hold his own and handle switches on defense.”

The Rockets recently traded center Christian Wood to the Mavericks in exchange for multiple players, and GM Rafael Stone may not be done yet.

They currently own three picks in the draft, all in the first round — Nos. 3, 17 (via the Nets) and 26 (via the Mavs). 

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