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Rockets’ Eric Gordon not disappointed by trade rumors, says NBA is a ‘business’

Eric Gordon, Rockets

Houston Rockets veteran shooting guard Eric Gordon says he’s not disappointed by the trade rumors surrounding him because he knows the NBA is a “business.”

The Rockets are reportedly trying to trade Gordon, power forward PJ Tucker and center Clint Capela to clear cap space. Gordon, who has been in the league since 2009, isn’t bothered by trade rumors and says he will control what he can control.

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

This past season, Gordon averaged 16.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line. The Rockets supposedly want to free up cap space so they can acquire All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler, who becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Houston lost to the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in six games, marking the second straight postseason the Dubs knocked out the Rockets.

Gordon clearly believes Houston can make another run at the title in 2019-20 if general manager Daryl Morey keeps the current roster together, but it’s out of his control at the end of the day.

Morey seems intent on adding a third star alongside James Harden and Chris Paul. For that to happen, Gordon might be the odd man out in Houston.