Let's discuss why the Texans should sign Josh Gordon if reinstated

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Josh Gordon, an All-Pro receiver in 2013, filed for reinstatement last Wednesday seeking another chance in the NFL. In December, the league suspended the 29-year-old wide receiver for violating its substance-abuse policy for the fifth time since 2013. In an interview with his lawyer, Adam Kenner, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network announced that Gordon's most recent relapse in 2019 was due to the death of his brother. Since that time, Gordon has installed the right team around him to make sure he stays on the right path.

If the league grants his request, Gordon will enter the free agency pool as an unrestricted free agent. He spent the 2019 season as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, recording seven receptions for 139 yards (19.9 AVG) in five games prior to his suspension.

Gordon is still one of the most gifted players in the league despite playing only 63 games in a span of eight seasons. He has tallied a career 4,252 reception yards (17.2 AVG) on 247 catches and 20 touchdowns, after the Cleveland Browns selected the Baylor prodigy in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Nearly all 32 teams could use Gordon's on-field talent to enhance their roster, but only a handful should risk adding the 6-foot-3 wide receiver given his off-field troubles. Of all the teams who should look to acquire the low-risk-high-reward receiver, the Houston Texans should be near the top of the list. Joining his hometown town team may be enough to keep the Houston native in good measures both on and off the field, while contributing to the Texans potential success in 2020.

Houston lost a lot this offseason by trading DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Not only did they lose arguably the league's best receiver, but their No. 1 target since 2014. Head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien did a reasonable job rebuilding the receiving core, but the additions of Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks may not be enough to fill the absence left by Hopkins' jettison.

In 2019, Cobb and Cooks recorded a combined 1,411 receiving yards (14.5 AVG) on 97 catches with five trips to the end zone. When compared to Hopkins, the four-time Pro-Bowler pulled down 104 catches for 1,165 receiving yards (11.2 AVG) and seven touchdowns in what was considered a "down season" last year.

If the Texans were to sign Gordon, he would be another substantial option who can further O'Brien's attempt to replace Hopkins. As a deep threat receiver who can create plays in double-coverage, Gordon possesses the skill set that would make him Houston's most talented wideout, and one that complements the play style of Deshaun Watson.

In his lone All-Pro season in 2013, Gordon showcased flashes of his high ceiling with 1,646 receiving yards (18.9 AVG) on 87 receptions and nine touchdowns in 14 games. That same season, he became the first player in league history to record 200 or more receiving yards in back-to-back games as a member of the Browns. Even in the most troublesome years of his career, Gordon was still a force to be reckoned with while on the field. Prior to his suspension, he posted a total of 1,007 receiving yards (16.2 AVG) on 60 catches in 17 games, during his two-year stint as a member of the New England Patriots.

With D-Hop out of the picture, Will Fuller has the opportunity to become Houston's No. 1 receiver. He has ingrained himself as the Texans' best playmaker averaging 14.3 yards per catch in 42 career games. Unfortunately, his ability to stay healthy makes it unenviable for Fuller to play a full 16-game season. Since 2017, he has only appeared in 28 out of a possible 48 games played due to a myriad of injuries.

There are also health concerns surrounding Kenny Stills (hamstring) and Brandin Cooks (concussion) — as the two receivers batted recurring injuries that limited their on-field production in 2019.

Health is the most vital concern surrounding the Texans' receiving core next season. And at this stage of his career, Houston should be willing to pay no more than the expected $2.0 million to sign Gordon as an affordable insurance policy. If either of the Texans' four receivers misses a significant amount of time due to injuries, Gordon can fill a void that will be a daunting task for the likes of Isaiah Coulter, Keke Coutee and Andre Carter.

With the amount of time missed due to multiple suspensions, Gordon may never live up to the high expectations he set during his first two seasons in the league. However, when mentally stable, he has been a constant nightmare for the opposing teams' secondary throughout his career. And if given the opportunity to join the likes of Cobb, Cooks, Fuller and Stills, the Texans will have multiple weapons heading into the new season while helping Gordon re-establish himself as one of the league's most prolific receivers.

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In recent reports, there have been multiple rumors that the 76ers could make a push for James Harden if they can sign Mike D' Antoni as their head coach. As the 76ers fired Brett Brown in August, they are now looking for a culture change. So, it won't come as a surprise if the 76ers try to trade Joel Embiid for Harden. Hopefully, Daryl Morey recognizes the talent of Harden and rejects the idea of trading him.

Harden is easily the second greatest Rocket of in franchise history, including being second in scoring. In Harden's eight-year tenure with the Rockets, he has become an NBA MVP, made the All-NBA team seven times, three-time scoring champ, and an eight-time All-Star. Harden's resume with the Rockets is impressive, including going to Western Conference Finals twice. Ever since Harden came to Houston in 2012, he revamped the Rockets' franchise with eight consecutive playoff runs. Before Harden came to the Rockets, this franchise had missed the playoffs three times in a row.

Harden also attracted huge free agents like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook, which helped him succeed in his Rockets tenure. He has made the Rockets an attractive team to play on since being in Houston for eight years.

Even though Harden has been great with the Rockets, he has not reached the Finals yet. That has been the huge question mark on Harden's resume while playing for the Rockets. Honestly, there are certain moments when Harden has disappeared in big games. In 2015 versus the Clippers in Game 6 of the Western Semifinals, Harden shot 5 of 20 from the field, and was benched in the 4th quarter by Kevin McHale, as the Rockets were led by Josh Smith to force a Game 7 in Houston. Also, during the Spurs-Rockets Western Semifinals of 2017, Harden had another disappearance in Game 6. Harden shot 2 of 11 from the field with only 10 points as the Rockets lost to the Spurs 114-75 without Kawhi Leonard.

Despite those two horrible examples, Harden was extremely close in 2018 versus the Warriors but an injury to Paul's hamstring stopped the Rockets' momentum, as they lost in game 7 by missing 22 straight three-pointers. The following year, the Rockets lost to the Warriors again without Kevin Durant because Paul and Harden were not on the same page in the Western Semifinals. Things were not different this year, as the Rockets were overpowered by the Lakers 4-1.

Trading the 32-year-old Harden could be tempting because of the recent playoff failures, but he is a generational player. In the last 5 years, Harden has dominated the NBA with his elite scoring. Harden has averaged over 30 plus points per game in the last three seasons. He is also classified as one of the greatest scorers of all-time behind Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Wilt Chamberlin.

Stephen A. Smith lays out why he thinks Harden is the greatest scorer currently in the NBA in the video below.

James Harden is 'the greatest scorer in the NBA' - Stephen A. | First Take youtu.be

After all the things Harden has accomplished in Houston, is he still untouchable? Honestly, if Harden is traded, the culture for the Rockets will drastically change, especially with new players coming to Houston. In my opinion, Harden and Morey are very close but Morey is blinded by his own decisions because of Harden. Morey built this team around James and does anything to please him. He wanted to keep D'Antoni around because of Harden, which is not helpful for the Rockets. If the Rockets are going to win big, Morey has to be stronger with his own judgement of the team, and not Harden's.

If the Rockets decided to trade James Harden to the 76ers, they could receive Embiid and Josh Richardson, which is still good. The Rockets would get a big man, who is a superstar, and a great wing defender, which gave Harden problems two years when he played for the Heat. This would not be bad decision if the Rockets decided to move on from Harden.

Before Morey decides to pull the trigger, he needs to digest Harden's accolades, including his shortcomings. Hopefully, the right decision is made for the Rockets' organization.

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