Is Gordon's time up?

Exploring trade possibilities for the Rockets and Eric Gordon

Time to make a deal? Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

The Rockets could possibly make a splash in the upcoming offseason, which is needed because the Western Conference will get tougher. Since the end of the Rockets' season, GM Daryl Morey has been consistently looking for the next head coach. In this week coming up, Morey has interviews with Ty Lue, Jeff Van Gundy, and John Lucas. After the coaching search is over, Morey will possibly look for trade companions before next season starts.

So, will Morey decide to deal Eric Gordon and/or Danuel House to bring in more acquisitions for the Rockets?

Possibly trading House and Gordon for Myles Turner or Bradly Beal is a great idea if Morey decides to go after them. The 24-year-old Turner provides length inside the paint, can stretch the floor with his shooting, and is a great finisher inside the paint. Turner finished top five in blocks, shot 34 percent from three, and was 75 percent at the free-throw line last season. In his career with the Pacers, Turner averaged 13 points per game, including 7 rebounds as well.

Tuner would use his abilities to shoot and slash towards the basket for the Rockets, including being a great lob partner for James Harden. Bringing Turner to the Rockets will bring a slight reminder of Clint Capela because of his ability to run the floor.

The 27-year-old Beal could be a longshot for the Rockets but it's worth a try. Offering Gordon and House could be an eye-opener for the Wizards' front office. The Wizards have still not broken the barrier with John Wall and Beal. In the last eight seasons with Beal, the Wizards made the playoffs four times, and only making it to Eastern Semifinals twice, including Wall missing the last two seasons because of injuries. Beal also decided not to join the Wizards in the bubble after the NBA's four-month hiatus.

It's no surprise if the two-time All-Star decides to push for a trade in the offseason. Beal averaged 31 points per game last season for the Wizards, which was second behind Harden. In the Rockets' offense, Beal has enough ability to create his own shot and make open looks. If the Rockets' offensive system is built for creativity and iso ball, Beal would be a perfect fit. This trade also depends on the Rockets' next head coach and flexibility in finances. Harden and Westbrook are desperately looking for another consistent scorer, so why not Beal?

The fact that Gordon had a career low in shooting and struggled with injuries this season, should not be ignored by Morey. During the playoffs inside the bubble, House reportedly violated the NBA's visitor rule, meaning no unknown guest in the hotel room. As the situation occurred, House was eventually removed from the bubble, which hurt the Rockets against the Lakers.

In the end, dealing both players would make sense for the Rockets if they want to remain relevant in the Western Conference.

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Martin Truex Jr. won his 2nd race of the season last week. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. This is the first of two races here at this track as they will race on Sunday afternoon. This will be different from the normal night race they usually have here as this will definitely affect the racing surface considering how much the sun could make the track slick. It should be a fun race come Sunday.

Last week, Martin Truex Jr. passed Denny Hamlin to capture his second win of the season after rain moved the race to Sunday. He became the first driver to win multiple races after a fierce battle with his teammate Denny Hamlin. The race was filled with tons of wrecks including a fifteen car pileup including Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. It was one of the better races of the season as there was lots of beating and banging.

The race was not without controversy but not the kind you would expect. Early in the race Rick Ware Racing teammates Cody Ware and James Davison were involved in an altercation. The two were battling towards the back of the pack when Ware decided to drive through his teammate in turn four. The race got much worse for Cody Ware as he was involved in three more cautions all throughout the race. Many people around the sport were quite perturbed by his antics including broadcaster Mike Joy as he was audibly annoyed after Ware spun out later in the race. Many have questioned if the fifth-year driver should even be in the car and overall I can understand why some of those people think that. In his five years of driving, he has finished on the lead lap one time. I hope that he is able to figure it out and find success in the future, but this was not a good look.

The slump continues for two-time champion Kyle Busch

Throughout the race, Busch was running okay for the most part but towards the closing laps of the race he and Chris Buescher got together triggering a fifteen car pileup. Despite all this, he was able to rebound to a respectable tenth place finish. This has been more than likely the toughest stretch of his career since his championship in 2019. Many would say that the omission of Practice and Qualifying has really affected his performance. Whatever the issue is, this team really needs to find some speed, or he could be in danger of missing the playoffs. I look for this team to bounce back considering how talented he is.

Prediction

The driver that I have winning this week is Kyle Larson. This has been an incredible rebound season for Larson as he currently sits fourth in points. He is also second in laps led only to Denny Hamlin. Richmond has been a great track for him as it fits his driving style perfectly as he can run the outside line and find grip where others can't. This track is also rather sentimental to him considering he won his first pole award here during his rookie season in 2014. While he may not have the results he would want he has always been extremely fast here and even won back in 2017. I look for him to capture his second victory of 2021 come Sunday.

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