HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto and Yossi Gozlan recently previewed the NBA’s looming Feb. 10 trade deadline. Their analysis on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast includes potential trades for the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Hawks, Rockets, Clippers, Thunder, and Mavericks.
The Rockets (12-31) entered Thursday with the worst record in the Western Conference and with a clear emphasis on developing young prospects like Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun. They are seen as one of the few NBA teams that are determined to sell their players before the deadline, especially for veterans. Here are some snippets of their conversation, as it pertains to Houston (19: 13).
Scotto: Some playoff-caliber teams are monitoring Eric Gordon and Daniel Theis with the Houston Rockets, given where they are in the standings, as guys they could potentially sell.
Gordon, when healthy, has still shown an ability to score and shoot the ball. Theis brings a lot to a team with his intangibles, such as screen assistance, boxing out and doing the dirty work. He is a winner, and he showed it in Boston. Both of these players would be great for playoff-caliber teams.
Gozlan: Despite how Theis’ experience in Houston hasn’t worked out, I still think he’s on a good deal, and there should be other teams that should have interest in him. Similar with Gordon. He has one year remaining on his contract and is still able to shoot more volume.
Gordon averages 14.8 points and 3.4 assists in 29.2 minutes this season, and he‘s shooting a career-high 50.0% from the field and 45.2% on 3-pointers. Gordon is also a skilled defensive player which makes him a good “3&D” wing option. Theis has averaged 8.7 points (47.5% FG) and 5.1 rebounds in 23.1 minutes.
Gordon has the larger contract by annual value, at approximately $19 million per season, but it‘s also shorter in length, and he‘s clearly the more productive player. Gordon‘s contract will run out after next season (2022-23) unless his team wins the NBA championship in either of the next two years, in which case an extra season would be triggered.
Theis‘ deal runs through 2023-24 with a team option for 2024-25, but it’s at a lower annual amount of below $9 million per season, on average.