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As NBA trade speculation continues to swirl, the Phoenix Suns continue to find themselves in the middle of a lot of it.
The latest example?
The team is being speculated as a potential trade destination for Houston Rockets wing Eric Gordon.
Hoops Hype's Michael Scotto reported that some "playoff-caliber teams" have shown interest in Gordon and a lot of chatter has included Phoenix as a potential landing spot for the veteran.
Gordon, 33, is averaging 14.8 points on 50% shooting from the field and 45% shooting from 3-point range this season.
Would he be a good fit for the Suns? What would Phoenix have to give up to acquire him?
Check out the latest speculation involving Eric Gordon and the Phoenix Suns:
Gophnx.com: Eric Gordon a potential trade candidate for Suns
Gerald Bourguet writes: "Even a year ago, this suggestion would’ve seemed silly. Eric Gordon had played a grand total of 63 games over his last two seasons, had shot 32.2 percent from 3 over that span and still had three years and $58.7 million left on his contract. But the bounce-back season is very real right now, and with the Houston Rockets languishing away at 12-31, they’d be crazy not to entertain offers for their long-tenured combo guard. Gordon is shooting a blistering 45.2 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks second in the entire NBA among players who have attempted at least 100 3s. The Suns already have one player in the top-six of that group with Cam Johnson; why not add a second?"
— azcentral sports (@azcsports) January 14, 2022
Clutch Points: Suns among best fits for Eric Gordon
Salman Ali writes: "The Suns may be a team hesitant to rock the boat much at the trade deadline. They’re already out their 2022 first-round pick and they have a decent guard rotation already. However, if they wanted to bolster their bench units, Gordon is pretty malleable positionally. The Rockets have used him at small forward and shooting guard, and he would add defensive versatility next to Chris Paul and Devin Booker when they’re staggered that Cameron Payne doesn’t have. Like with Harden, we already know that Gordon can play next to Chris Paul without a hitch. The Suns could get quirky with small-ball lineups like Paul, Booker, Gordon, Mikal Bridges, and Jae Crowder to counter the Warriors when they play Draymond Green at center. It’s just food for thought, but if the Suns are an active deadline team and can’t acquire someone bigger like Harrison Barnes at the deadline, Gordon makes some sense."
NBAanalysis.net: Eric Gordon trade would make Suns the team to beat in West
Brett Siegel writes: "Phoenix once again looks like a championship contender in the Western Conference, but making a move for Eric Gordon could make them the “team to beat” ahead of the Golden State Warriors. They are very tough to guard as it is with Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and others, but adding another double-digit scoring threat, who is also one of the league’s best three-point shooters this season, could make this team even more deadly."
Forbes: Suns 'most logical' fit for Eric Gordon in trade
Rahat Huq writes: "For example, the most logical fit for Gordon would be the Phoenix Suns who could have used an extra shot-creator on Friday when they lost to Golden State with Devin Booker sidelined. A possible deal could be centered around Jalen Smith—still just 21 years old—and a future pick (the Suns have their first rounder in 2023). But as far as piecing together the other salaries to approach Gordon’s $18.22 million salary, Phoenix would likely not want to part with standout reserve Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne cannot be traded until March 3."
Zona Hoops: Trade for Eric Gordon among 'realistic' trades Suns could make
It writes: "Eric Gordon might have his heart in Phoenix still… if that’s the case, make it happen! If you can pair a move like this with a Thad Young buyout (or another “bigger forward”)… then we’re cooking with grease. The guard rotation would become very interesting with Paul, Booker, Shamet, Payne, and Gordon, but that’s a good problem to have. I think? Shot creation is still a weakness at times, and Gordon can fill it up."
SB Nation: Eric Gordon a potential trade target for Suns
Brandon Duenas writes: "His heart might still be in Phoenix (if you know, you know). This probably won’t happen either, so I’ll keep it short... but they could use a reliable shot creator off the bench."
Should the Suns still go after Eric Gordon? I think we should
— Az Kiddo (@JayyyJoyce) January 6, 2022
I think they have to be prepared to do either of two styles in those backup minutes with a floor spacer (Kaminsky) and a more traditional veteran big finisher (Bismack). Suns have a trade to make for an Eric Gordon type IMO and the Suns' best trade assets are Dario, Smith, etc.
— Shelby Moore (@ShelbyHMoore) January 5, 2022
Yeah Suns need Eric Gordon and a another wing that can play small ball 5 bad https://t.co/z4ovXHOuL7
— Boosty Collins (@Tylante) January 5, 2022
Great pickup suns, now go add eric gordon!
— Above The Rim Podcast (@jusblaze_513) January 6, 2022
Eric Gordon to the suns! Make it happen!!! 😤😤😤
— Alan Valdez (@AIRFRYERBUCKETS) January 6, 2022
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Houston Rockets' Eric Gordon trade speculation includes Phoenix Suns