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Shooting guard Eric Gordon said he believes the trade that sent former franchise cornerstone James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets allows the Houston Rockets to have “a real direction” under first-year head coach Stephen Silas after a chaotic start to the season.
“Obviously, you could tell from the summer and since the season started that he didn’t want to be here,” Gordon said after Thursday’s shootaround, when he was the only member of the organization made available to the media. “For us, I think it just gives us a chance to [have] a real direction. Everyone else on the team can hone in and not worry about his situation. We can just move forward.”
Gordon was later ruled out of Thursday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Rockets announced a three-team deal with the Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday morning. Houston’s net haul in the deal is four first-round picks (the Nets’ in 2022, 2024 and 2026 and Milwaukee’s 2022 via Cleveland), the right to swap first-rounders with the Nets in four other years, ex-Cavs guard Dante Exum and former Nets guard Caris LeVert and forward Rodions Kurucs. LeVert will be