The worst season of Eric Gordon‘s 14-year professional basketball career is currently underway. He is obviously dissatisfied with the Houston Rockets, but the franchise turned down a trade request for him from the Milwaukee Bucks.
Gordon, a 6-foot-3 guard who can also serve as a backup ball handler, is a consistent 3-point shooter. Trading him would make a lot of sense because the Rockets are in the bottom half of the standings.
Unfortunately, it seems that the Bucks lack the necessary resources to sign the seasoned guard. The Rockets are tanking and want to trade Gordon for a first-round selection, but they might not be able to acquire that from the Eastern Conference team.
Milwaukee Bucks offer for Eric Gordon got rejected
The Houston Rockets are currently in last place in the rankings with a record of 10-36. The Rockets’ current losing streak of 13 games—the sixth-longest in franchise history—only makes the issue worse. Eric Gordon is dissatisfied with the team and would probably prefer to be traded. He is the lone survivor from the 2018 squad, which was just one victory away from reaching the NBA Finals.
The Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, are third-best in the East with a record of 29-17. The Bucks are still among the best teams in the NBA and among the favorites to win the championship even without Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Eastern Conference team offered the Rockets four second-round picks in exchange for Gordon, which they declined. They want a first-round pick, which the Bucks cannot offer them until 2028, according to Marc Stein.
The Bucks do not have first-round picks till 2028
It is clear that the Rockets don’t want to compete as they are just two games away from having the third-longest losing streak in franchise history. The fact that they can rebuild around a young, talented group is a plus. The Bucks won’t have a first-round pick until 2028 or 2029, which is unfortunate. Even though these picks could be highly valuable in the future, it’s possible that the Rockets won’t want to wait at least another five years before adding another strong young player.
In the 2022–23 season, Gordon is averaging a career-low 12.3 points per game and could use a change of scenery. He wants to win a title because he is in the last years of his career. The third year of the veteran guard’s four-year deal with the Rockets has passed. The fourth year, which is not a given, will only be given to him if he is selected for the All-Star team or if the Rockets win the title, both of which are highly unlikely to occur.