Report: Rockets very unlikely to make significant trade by deadline
With less than 24 hours until the NBA’s trade deadline for the 2022-23 season (at 2 p.m. Central on Thursday), significant deals were very unlikely for the Rockets as of Wednesday night, per longtime beat writer Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“Rockets veteran Eric Gordon is a trade target of several teams, but is not considered the primary target,” Feigen writes. “That, combined with the Rockets still valuing his play and his contract beyond this season, has made any trade of Gordon unlikely unless deadline pressure, most likely from a team that loses out on its top targets, leads to a change in the offers the Rockets have received.”
Feigen notes Houston could be better positioned to make trades in the offseason, which is when the team will have significant salary cap room and would not be required to match salaries in deals.
The Rockets effectively hold a team option on Gordon’s contract for the 2023-24 season. That means they could consider various options, including either retaining him or trades, at that time.
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