Jan 28, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) dribbles in the first half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The Rockets have announced that they have traded Eric Gordon to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team trade with the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for John Wall, Danny Green, and draft considerations.
Gordon, 34, is the longest tenured Rockets after signing with the team in 2016. He’s averaging 13 points on 44% shooting this season and has a non-guaranteed contract next season for $21 million. The veteran guard has been in trade rumors for much of the last two seasons, but the Rockets elected to hold on to him at last year’s trade deadline. The team is 2-31 over the last two seasons in games Gordon has missed, which includes a 1-7 mark this season with only one single-digit loss.
In exchange for Gordon the Rockets will get Wall back from the Clippers, though it is unclear if he’ll remain with team. Wall spent two seasons with the Rockets, but did not play during the 2021-22 season after the two sides could not agree on a role. Wall referred to his time with the Rockets as “beyond trash” during a podcast interview last month.
Wall signed with the Clippers over the summer after agreeing to a buyout with the Rockets. He’s averaged 11 points and 5 assists this season, but has been inactive the last 14 games.
Green, 35, has played in three games with the Grizzlies this season after suffering a torn ACL as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2022 Playoffs. Like Wall, Green is a free agent at the end of the season.
Along with the two players, the Rockets get a 2023 pick swap from the Clippers that would be used with the Bucks 2023 first round pick owed to the Rockets from the P.J. Tucker trade in 2021. With the way the standings look today, the swap would move the Rockets up to the 18th pick from the 28th pick.
In a correspoding move, the Rockets have waved Boban Marjanović.