Mike D’Antoni ‘really happy’ Rockets didn’t trade Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, Clint Capela
Mike D’Antoni is “really happy” the Houston Rockets didn’t trade Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker or Clint Capela this summer.
Gordon, Tucker and Capela were all mentioned in trade rumors, especially when the Rockets were trying to acquire Jimmy Butler.
Houston got the best of both worlds this offseason. They were able to acquire former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder, while also keeping Gordon, Tucker and Capela.
MDA on keeping Tucker, Gordon, Capela: “For sure, it don’t get better than those guys. I’m really happy they didn’t go anywhere”
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) July 19, 2019
Eric 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 Indiana native is going to space the floor for Houston when Westbrook and James Harden drive to the basket and collapse the paint.
PJ Tucker will make $8.3 million next season. He signed a four-year, $31.9 million deal with the Rockets in the summer of 2017. Tucker averaged 7.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 2018-19 while shooting 39.6 percent from the floor, 37.7 percent from the 3-point line and 69.5 percent from the charity stripe. He’s the best perimeter defender on the Rockets and can knock down that corner 3 at a high clip.
Clint Capela averaged 16.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 blocks in 2018-19 while shooting 64.8 percent from the floor. The Rockets signed Capela to a lucrative $90 million deal last offseason. While Capela had an underwhelming playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 playoffs, Mike D’Antoni believes his center will have a great 2019-20 season.