Bold NBA Trade Scenario Moves Eric Gordon, Jae Crowder 9 days ago
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Being the “adult in the room” is about as fun as it sounds. Picture a child’s birthday party. Hopefully, the kids are having fun. If they are, that means somebody is supervising – and probably cleaning up messes in the process. It’s not a spot that NBA veterans like to be in.

If a longtime player finds themselves on a young team, they’re probably not too happy – especially if that team is losing a lot of games. 

For example, look at Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets. His dissatisfaction with this tanking organization is easy to see. In all likelihood, he’d be happier on a veteran squad. 

Jae Crowder is in a different situation, but he also needs a change of scenery after sitting out for the Phoenix Suns’ whole season.

There is a pathway where Gordon and Crowder can get that change of scenery. Perhaps doing so could involve them each being involved in the same multi-team trade?

Here’s a deal that accomplishes precisely that.

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Houston Rockets Receive: F/C Dario Saric, G/F Landry Shamet, F Jordan Nwora, 2023 Second-Round Pick (MIL), 2024 Second-Round Pick (POR via MIL), 2025 Second-Round Pick (IND via MIL), 2028 Second-Round Pick (MIL) 
Milwaukee Bucks Receive: F Jae Crowder 
Phoenix Suns Receive: G/F Eric Gordon, G/F Grayson Allen 

On the other hand, there’s a reason Gordon is stranded on the Rockets. 

The organization has set a firm asking price for him. All reports indicate that the Rockets are set on acquiring a first-round pick for Gordon. That may be a little optimistic. 

When you consider Gordon’s contract, that holds especially true. The number of players in his pay grade that teams would deem expendable enough to attach a first-round pick to in order to move is slim. 

If the Heat don’t want to move Duncan Robinson, or the Mavericks don’t want to move Davis Bertans, we’re out of ideas.

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We write hypothetical NBA trades for a living – trust us, we’ve thought about this. 

Should the Rockets settle for four second-rounders instead? 

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Why The Houston Rockets Do The Deal 

Yes. Firstly, there are benefits to simply letting Gordon go.

It opens up a developmental pathway for this team’s younger players, and it removes a disgruntled voice from the locker room. 

Moreover, second-round picks can be valuable. Yes, the odds of landing the next Nikola Jokic or Draymond Green are slim, but they aren’t zero.

Having four cracks at the second round only gives the team better odds at unearthing a gem. 

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Finally, Nwora has shown some upside this season. The Rockets could use another knockdown shooter if they’re going to build an offense around breakout star Alperen Sengun. 

Should the Bucks hand them one? 

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Why The Milwaukee Bucks Do The Deal 

By contrast, the Bucks are making a pure win-now move with this deal. 

They’ll miss Allen. At the same time, Pat Connoaughton brings a similar skillset to the table. If Crowder is still the player he was last season, they’ll make due. 

In fact, they ought to benefit. The last time we saw Crowder in action, he was one of the best 3-and-D players in the NBA. 

Meanwhile, the Bucks don’t need to be concerned with finding a diamond in the second round. They already have Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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This team needs to be focused on winning as many games as possible in the present. 

The same could be said for the Suns. Does this deal help them do that? 

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Why The Phoenix Suns Do The Deal 

Of every team in this deal, the Suns’ motivations are the hardest to predict. 

The Rockets are obviously rebuilding. In fact, they’ve got the worst record in the NBA. They are blatantly tanking. 

Meanwhile, the Bucks are one of the league’s best teams. By contrast, the Suns are 23-24. This team could head in any number of directions. 

This deal has them advancing towards contention. Crowder hasn’t been playing anyway, so they’re effectively adding Gordon and Allen for free.

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That ought to make them a better team this season. After all, they’ll have a room full of adults.