Southwest Notes: Gordon, Spurs, Mavs, Campazzo, Pelicans

Rockets guard Eric Gordon signed a four-year, $75MM+ extension with the team last August, ensuring that he’ll be on a guaranteed deal through at least 2022/23. However, playing in the final year of his old contract, Gordon has undergone the worst season of his 12-year career, averaging 14.5 PPG with a career-worst .370 FG%. He has also made just 31.9% of his three-point attempts after knocking down 36.4% in his first three years as a Rocket.

As he tells Kelly Iko of The Athletic, Gordon believes his struggles can be attributed in large part to the right knee injury that required surgery in the fall. In addition to sidelining him for 30 of the Rockets’ 64 games, that injury nagged at Gordon before he decided to go under the knife and after he returned. However, he’s confident that it will no longer be an issue if the NBA is able to resume its season, given all the time he has had to rest it.

“I’m good now,” the Rockets’ guard said. “There’s really nothing for me to worry about at this point. Whenever we get this thing back going, I don’t have to worry about rehab or anything. So once we get this thing back started, that’d be stuff that I don’t have to worry about at all.”

Here’s more from around the Southwest:

  • Spurs ownership is selling a minority stake in the team, sources tell Scott Sosnick of Sportico. It’s not known whether the Holt family – the Spurs’ controlling owner – or another investor is selling the stake, or how large it will be. Forbes valued the franchise at $1.8 billion in February.
  • The Spurs and Mavericks are among the NBA teams with interest in Real Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo, according to a report from Croatian outlet Crosarka (hat tip to Jeff Garcia of Spurs Zone). Campazzo, who is averaging 9.9 PPG and 7.1 APG in 28 EuroLeague games this season, spoke back in 2016 about wanting to play in the NBA, but said about a year ago that he’s no longer “obsessed” with that idea.
  • Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said today that the team won’t reopen its practice facility before May 15, per ESPN’s Andrew Lopez (Twitter link). Louisiana formally extended its stay-at-home order through at least May 15 today.
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6 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Gordon, Spurs, Mavs, Campazzo, Pelicans

  1. richard dangler

    At what point will nba gms realize large contracts to middling players destroys franchises?

  2. Steven St Croix

    If Gordon is good, Houston can win. Also, I have been surprised how RW has played. Driving and not shooting 3’s has made him 1a. They always seem to peter out in the playoffs but with this lay-off…

  3. nentwigs

    Neither Houston, Dallas, San Antonio or New Orleans are physically located in the SOUTHWEST. They are located in the SOUTH CENTRAL UNITED STATES.

  4. JohnTheSportsFanatic

    Terrible contract. Gordon is not worth it and he’s gonna start regressing! What were you thinking Morey!?

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