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RUMOR: Eric Gordon on Jazz’s trade radar after Joe Ingles injury

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The Utah Jazz were handed a serious blow recently as wing Joe Ingles suffered a season-ending ACL injury. In the wake of the bad news, the team is looking to bring in a replacement for him as they eye a deep playoff run. One of the names Utah is eyeing is Houston Rockets veteran Eric Gordon, who is actually garnering lots of interest ahead of Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline.

Via HoopsHype:

The Utah Jazz expressed interest in trading for Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, league sources told HoopsHype. 

Utah has dangled the expiring contract of Joe Ingles, who is out for the rest of the season, and a first-round pick around the league in search of an upgrade. Now, the Jazz must replace Ingles altogether. The Rockets are seeking a first-round pick in trade talks for Gordon, as reported on HoopsHype in mid-January. An expiring contract could also appeal to Houston, with Gordon currently owed $19.57 million next season.

Gordon, who is also on the Cavs’ radar, is averaging 14.2 points, three assists, and two rebounds per game this season while shooting an impressive 42% from three-point land. He brings lots of experience to the table and is a proven player in this league who can get buckets on a consistent basis.

As noted, the Jazz would likely have to include a first-rounder in a deal. The expiring contract of Ingles could also be of interest to the Rockets, who are in full rebuild mode. Nevertheless, Utah would be smart to try and make this rumor a reality.