The New York Knicks are a team that hasn't improved during the offseason, despite all of the big-name additions to the roster. While they made the playoffs during the 2020-21 season, they are out of both the playoff and play-in tournament spots this year, currently in 12th place in the Eastern Conference.
It seems as though the New York Knicks could shake up the roster and make a trade to improve their roster. Marc Berman of the New York Post has recently revealed that the Knicks could potentially target Eric Gordon, a shooting guard who's been having a productive season with the Houston Rockets.
Knicks point guard Derrick Rose has had Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon on his radar. Now, with the Dec. 15 trade marker past, Knicks president Leon Rose does, too.
Gordon is on a long list of potentially available players the Knicks have talked about internally, according to a source. The 3-point shooting guard isn’t a fit for the rebuilding Rockets, as he turns 33 on Christmas.
The Post reported in 2016 — after Rose got traded to the Knicks — that he was trying to recruit the then-free agent Gordon to New York. Gordon eventually signed a deal with New Orleans.
Thursday at Houston’s Toyota Center could be a Gordon audition for Knicks brass. The shooting guard missed the Rockets’ game against Cleveland Wednesday but is expected back Thursday vs. the Knicks.
The Knicks could use more 3-point shooting, especially with the dip from Julius Randle, who shot 41.1 percent last season but is down to just 34 percent in 2021-22.
Gordon has scored 20-plus points in four of his last five games, including a 32-point outing in Atlanta on Dec. 13 when he hit 5 of 8 3-pointers. He’s averaging 15.1 points and shooting 44.8 percent from deep in 23 games — ranking eighth in the NBA.
The New York Knicks desperately need a consistent source of offense aside from Julius Randle. Eric Gordon would definitely help with that, as he is a great shooter and can provide some supplementary shot creation.
It's unclear whether the Knicks will end up making any more adjustments to the team. Coach Tom Thibodeau has already made some changes to the rotation by benching Kemba Walker, who was a big signing for them this summer. Perhaps more changes are on the horizon.