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Rockets/Mavs rumors: Gordon, Schröder, Wood Trade, Pinson

Rockets/Mavs rumors: Gordon, Schröder, Wood Trade, Pinson

The Rockets held their ground in their asking price of a first-round pick in exchange for christian wood and clinched the 26th cap after agreeing to a trade with the Mavericksaccording to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). Sources tell Fischer the Houston asking price remains the same for Eric Gordonwith the team looking for yet another first-rounder.

Gordon has been productive for the rebuilding club in 2021/22, averaging 13.4 points, 2 rebounds and 2.7 assists on 0.475/0.412/0.778 shooting in 57 games, including 46 starts (29.3 minutes ). Although his points per game were tied for a career low, the veteran shooter posted a career-best 61.4 percent true shooting percentage.

The 33-year-old is basically on a $19.57m contract expiring in 22/23 as his figure of $20.92m for 23/24 is not guaranteed.

Learn more about the Rockets and Mavs:

  • As Spotrac’s Keith Smith observes (by Twitter), if the Rockets keep all of their first-round picks (third, 17th, and 26th), they’ll have 19 players under contract in 22/23, so Houston will need to make additional moves to get down to 15 before next season. Smith also notes that Dennis Schroder and Bruno Fernando are likely out of the picture due to the roster crisis. While this is speculation on Smith’s part and not a report, his logic certainly makes sense as neither player is in the team’s long-term plans. Schröder is an unrestricted free agent this summer, while Fernando could be restricted if Houston offers him a $2.2 million qualifying offer, which seems highly unlikely at this point.
  • In his video breakdown of the trade, ESPN’s Bobby Marks says the Rockets will generate a $4 million trade exception as part of the deal. Zach Harper of The Athletic scores the trade, giving the Mavs a B-plus and the Rockets a B.
  • Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle says (by Twitter) that Wood’s character concerns are overblown, calling him “a standing guy in an incredibly difficult two-season streak”. Feigen thinks Wood will “flourish” in Dallas.
  • The timing of the trade was interesting, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony (Twitter link), who notes that Paolo Banchero worked for the Rockets earlier in the day, then the team decided to trade a big starting man to Wood. Banchero is widely expected to finish third overall in Houston.
  • The four-for-one trade creates an unexpected amount of space for the Mavs, and league sources tell Marc Stein (by Twitter) this Theo Pinson is “highly anticipated” to be re-signed on a standard deal. Pinson was considered the unofficial leader of the Mavs bench crowd who earned the team $175,000 in fines during the playoffs for his “bench decorum” violations. Stein reported a few weeks ago that Dallas wanted to retain Pinson, who is no longer eligible for a two-way contract after gaining four years of NBA experience.
  • One of Dallas’ top priorities entering free agency is to acquire a wing capable of receiving rotation minutes in the playoffs, tweet ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. The Mavs will be a luxury tax team in 22/23, so their primary tool for signing a free agent will be the taxpayer’s mid-level exception, which is expected to be worth $6,392,000.

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