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REPORT: Eric Gordon’s fourth year in Rockets extension is non-guaranteed

Eric Gordon, Rockets

Eric Gordon just signed a lucrative four-year extension with the Houston Rockets that will give him up to $76 million. This will secure Gordon in H-Town for the rest of his peak years.

However, only three years of that deal is guaranteed. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Gordon must earn an All-Star spot or help the Rockets win a championship to guarantee his $20.9 million salary in the 2023-24 season.

 

Gordon has never gotten an All-Star nod his entire career, but he has the skills to make it. Looking back to his playing days in 2010-12, he averaged more than 20 points on 45 percent shooting. He was actually considered as a supreme scorer that the then-New Orleans Hornets tried to build around. If it wasn’t for his injury, he would have had an All-Star honor under his belt.

However, it’s not like he cannot make the All-Star team anymore. He is the third option in a team that features superb athletes like James Harden and Russell Westbrook. He has a respectable 16.7 points per game despite not having played a complete season of NBA basketball.

The Rockets desperately want a third player to help the team get over the hump and finally get into the Finals for the first time since 1995. They believe that Gordon can become that third guy. It’s now up to him to help bring them to the promised land.