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Rumor: Hornets interested in trading for Rockets’ Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon, Rockets

The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly interested in trading for Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Except for superstar James Harden, the Rockets are reportedly making every player on the roster available in trade talks this summer.

Gordon has one year left on his contract with the Rockets. He’ll make $14 million in 2019-20.

In 68 regular season games this 2018-19, Gordon averaged 16.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. The 30-year-old shot 40.9 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Hornets are trying to get as much talent on the roster to convince All-Star point guard Kemba Walker to stay. Walker becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, and a lot of teams such as the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are expected to make a move for the All-Star playmaker.

The Hornets, however, can offer Walker the supermax extension this offseason.

Charlotte went 39-43 this past campaign, missing the playoffs for the third straight season. Walker has only made the postseason twice with the Hornets.

Adding Gordon to the team would be a nice step in the right direction in terms of trying to keep Walker, but the Hornets need more star power around Kemba.