1. Eric Gordon
Even though he’ll turn 33 this season, Gordon will be a sought-after commodity due to the fact that he can still shoot with the best of them. With Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. likely making up the future of the Houston backcourt, the Rockets just may try to unload both him and John Wall.
Gordon himself has been open to being traded to a “more favorable situation,” which isn’t saying much considering how Houston will be in the basement of the West once again this year. Toronto needs to watch Gordon like a hawk, as they could swoop in and grab him in the middle of a season if they defy the predictions and make a playoff push.
Could the Toronto Raptors add Eric Gordon?
Gordon averaged 17.8 points per game last year, a mark he has only topped once since the 2012-13 season. If his production dips behind Green and Porter, that factor combined with his age might allow the Raptors to snatch him up for much less than he is normally worth.
The Raptors might not seem like a team that will make win-now trades, especially as Masai Ujiri braced fans for a season full of growing pains, but this team was fourth in the East after 31 games last year, and returning to Toronto could provide them with some extra wins.
Gordon’s shooting as a reserve could be the punch this team needs. Better than wasting away in Houston.