Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon
31-Year-Old GuardG
Houston Rockets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gordon put together another strong showing for Houston in his third season with the team. He averaged 16.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 2018-19, adding 3.2 threes on 36.0 percent shooting from deep in 31.7 minutes per contest. He boasts a healthy 2.2 threes per game on 36.8 percent three-point shooting in his career, but his excellent three-point shooting has been especially lethal in recent years, draining at least 3.2 threes for the third straight season. Gordon's nightly three-point barrage is unlikely to slow down in Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun offensive scheme. Gordon has been a model of consistency in his 11 NBA seasons, with career averages of 17.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals. With little deviation from year-to-year, Gordon has a very safe fantasy floor. The addition of Russell Westbrook to Houston's roster signals that the Rockets are all-in on a title run this season, and Westbrook's ball dominance and scoring could cut into Gordon's points. Still, it's safe to project Gordon for 30 minutes a night and a healthy amount of threes. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $75.57 million contract extension with the Rockets in August of 2019.
Personal Bio

Eric Gordon was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Eric and Denise Gordon. He has two brothers, Evan and Eron, both of whom played college basketball. When he was four years old, Gordon began playing sports, including soccer and basketball, at the Jewish Community Center across the street from his home. At age seven, he began playing competitive basketball at the Municipal Gardens. Gordon attended North Central High School in Indianapolis and was named a McDonald's All-American as well as Mr. Basketball of Indiana during his senior season. He averaged 29 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior and scored 50 points on two occasions. In 2010, Gordon won a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA World Championship. Learn more about Gordon by following him on Twitter (@TheofficialEG10) and on Instagram (@officialeg10).

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Even before Gordon started playing basketball at Indiana, he rode to his home-state school on a wave of controversy. He initially agreed to play for Illinois but changed his mind when the team got a new coach. Kelvin Sampson pursued the shooting guard and got him to play for one season with the Hoosiers in 2007-08. Gordon showed off his scoring prowess by leading the team with 20.9 points per game. Indiana opened the season with 17 wins in its first 18 games. The 6-foot-5 guard hurt his wrist and slumped in the second half of the season. The NCAA found Sampson guilty of recruiting violations and he was bought out, which may have also caused the team to slump. Gordon and the team still were invited to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Arkansas. Gordon, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, shot 3-of-15 from the field on his way to eight points. After the game, he announced that he would enter the 2008 NBA Draft. He was drafted with the seventh pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Goes for 16 points
GHouston Rockets
March 11, 2020
Gordon notched 16 points (5-15 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 117-111 win over the Timberwolves.
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Gordon struggled from the field, but he still produced a solid line off the bench. The fact that he's healthy should be the main positive thing moving forward, and Gordon will look to continue producing Thursday on the road against the Lakers even though he's hitting just 32.1 percent from the field in his last five appearances.
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2018

Eric Gordon appeared in 68 games for the Rockets in his 11th NBA season, starting 53 of them. The veteran guard was one of the team's top scorers, averaging 16.2 points per contest during the 2018-19 season. Gordon once again delivered his trademark sharpshooting by draining 3.2 three-pointers per game, his third season in a row with that much production from behind the arc. During that three-year span, Gordon has shot a respectable 36.7 percent of his shots from three-point land. He finished the season with three games in which he drained eight triples and 51 games with at least three triples. On Nov. 26, he set a season high with 36 points in a win over Washington. Gordon posted 20-plus points on 20 occasions, five-plus rebounds on five occasions, and five-plus assists in three games. Defensively, he had 31 efforts with at least one steal and 21 games with at least one block. The Rockets made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and beat Utah in six games before losing to Golden State in the Western Conference Semifinals. Gordon came through with strong play in 11 postseason games, averaging 17.8 points while nailing 3.5 threes at a 40 percent rate.

2017

On the heels of the 2016-17 season in which he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award and the NBA Three-Point Contest at All-Star weekend, Gordon again proved to be one of the league's premier bench scorers. Playing 31.2 minutes per game, Gordon averaged 18.0 points, his highest total since the 2011-12 season. He began the year by averaging 24.8 points over his first six games and finished his campaign by posting six games with 20 or more points in the month of March. Gordon's 3.2 threes per game were third most in the league behind only teammate James Harden and Stephen Curry. Gordon drained a season-high eight threes in a win over the Bulls on March 27. The Indiana University product has always been an excellent foul shooter and that continued this past season. Gordon's 80.9 percent free-throw clip marked the fifth time in the past six years that he finished above 80 percent. His rebound (2.5) and assist (2.2) numbers held steady, while Gordon again averaged at least one steal-plus-block per night. In fact, Gordon has posted a minimum of one steal-plus-block per game in each of his first ten NBA seasons. For a player who does his best work on the perimeter, Gordon is exceedingly efficient. His 42.8 percent field-goal clip marked his best rate in the past five seasons. Gordon has never shot below 40 percent at any point in his first decade in the league.

2016

After five seasons in New Orleans, Eric Gordon signed with the Houston Rockets prior to the 2016-17 campaign. He took on a new role with Houston, coming off the bench in 60 of the 75 games in which he played. The 75-game total represented his highest mark since his rookie campaign as Gordon avoided the injury bug that had plagued him through much of his career. The Indiana University product averaged 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists during the regular season. He flourished from beyond the arc, averaging a career-high 3.3 treys per contest, ranking third in the NBA. He finished the season with 246 three-pointers. 180 of those treys came in a non-starting role, setting a new NBA record for reserves. Gordon drained a career-high eight three-pointers and scored 26 points in a win over the Lakers on Dec. 7. During All-Star Weekend, he competed in -- and won -- the annual Three-Point Contest. Gordon also played in 11 postseason contests as the Rockets advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. In the playoffs, he posted per-game averages of 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists along with 2.5 treys. Following the season, Gordon was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

2015

Eric Gordon began the 2015-16 campaign in good health, playing in each of the Pelicans' first 41 games, including 40 as a starter. He opened the season with a 14-point, four-rebound, four-assist effort against Golden State in a rematch of the playoff battle between the teams the previous season. On Nov. 13, he scored 30 points versus Toronto, making 4-of-11 shots from beyond the arc. Gordon knocked down a season-high six treys against Sacramento on Jan. 13, scoring 24 points and dishing six assists in the victory. Unfortunately, his season was again cut short by injury after he fractured a bone in the ring finger of his shooting hand Jan. 19. Gordon attempted to return after a period of rest, scoring a season-high 31 points against Minnesota on Feb. 27. However, he re-injured the finger three games later and didn't play again the remainder of the season. Overall, Gordon averaged 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists during the campaign. He also made a career-high 2.5 three-pointers per game. That mark would have ranked 11th in the league had he played enough games to qualify.

2014

Eric Gordon began the 2014-15 campaign by averaging 9.5 points and 1.2 steals over his first 12 games for the New Orleans Pelicans. Gordon suffered a torn labrum in a game against Utah on Nov. 22, resulting in a 21-game absence. He returned to action Jan. 5, notching six points, four rebounds and five assists. The 6-foot-4 guard shook off the rust shortly thereafter as he scored in double digits each of the following nine games. On Feb. 9, he scored a season-high 31 points against Utah, drilling 7-of-8 three-point attempts. Twelve days later, he converted six treys and scored 24 points in a win over Miami. For the first time in his career, Gordon played for a team that qualified for the postseason. New Orleans faced Golden State in the first round of the playoffs but was eliminated in four games. In the series, Gordon averaged 18.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per post-season contest. He scored 29 points and dished five assists in the Game 4 loss.

2013

In his third season with New Orleans, Eric Gordon played 64 games, all as a starter, and averaged 32.1 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-4 guard posted per-game averages of 15.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He made 1.6 three-pointers per game, his highest number since joining New Orleans. Gordon converted 39.1 percent of his attempts from three-point range, a career high and the 32nd-best mark in the league. He also averaged 1.2 steals, marking his sixth straight season averaging at least one steal per contest. On Nov. 13, he logged five steals against Utah, tying his career high. The Indiana University product scored a season-high 35 points against Houston on Jan. 15, adding six assists and making a season-best six three-pointers. Less than two weeks later, he dished a season-high nine assists while scoring 20 points and grabbing seven boards in a victory over Cleveland. Unfortunately, Gordon's season was again disrupted by injury. He did not play after March 21 due to a lingering knee issue that ultimately required arthroscopic surgery.

2012

Eric Gordon got a late start to his 2012-13 campaign with the New Orleans Hornets. A lingering knee injury forced Gordon to miss the first 29 games of the season. He made his season debut Dec. 29, scoring 24 points and dishing seven assists in a win over Charlotte. With the knee issue behind him, Gordon went on to play 42 games during the campaign, 40 as a starter. He posted per-game averages of 17.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Gordon also averaged 1.3 three-pointers and 1.1 steals per contest. On Feb. 8, he scored a season-high 27 points in a win over Atlanta.

2011

On Dec. 11, 2011 -- just after the end of the NBA lockout -- Eric Gordon was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in a deal that brought Chris Paul to the Clippers. Gordon scored 20 points in his first game with New Orleans, adding four rebounds and three assists. He also knocked down the game-winning shot in the contest. However, Gordon was diagnosed with a knee injury and didn't suit up again until Jan. 4. He scored 22 points in his return to the court, but his knee issue persisted and he was soon shut down due to cartilage damage. Gordon underwent surgery and returned for seven games at the end of the season. Collectively, the 6-foot-4 guard played nine contests in his first season in New Orleans, averaging 20.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

2010

Eric Gordon broke out in his third NBA season and averaged a career-high 22.3 points per game. He also posted career-best per-game averages in rebounds (2.9), assists (4.4) and steals (1.3). The sharpshooter made 1.9 three-pointers per contest and shot 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. Between Nov. 20 and Dec. 12, he scored at least 20 points in 12 consecutive games. Eight days after that streak ended, he set a season high with 36 points in a win over the Timberwolves. Unfortunately, Gordon played in only 56 games during the campaign due to a sprained wrist.

2009

Eric Gordon's second season was very similar to his rookie campaign. He placed second on the Clippers with 16.9 points per game while averaging 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals. Gordon's primary weapon was again his three-point shot. He made 1.9 treys per game and shot at a 37.1 percent clip from beyond the arc. Gordon scored a season-high 30 points against Sacramento on Feb. 20, making 4-of-7 shots from deep in the win. Gordon also participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star break for the second straight season. He scored six points in 21 minutes for the sophomore squad.

2008

Eric Gordon was selected with the seventh pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He made an immediate impact in his rookie campaign, starting 65 of the 78 games in which he played and averaging 34.3 minutes per contest. The Indiana University product averaged 16.1 points in his first season, third among rookies. He also averaged 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Gordon's shooting skills were on full display as he averaged 1.7 three-pointers per contest and shot 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-4 guard was named NBA Rookie of the Month for January when he averaged 21.9 points and 4.1 assists. On Jan. 23, he broke the Clippers rookie record with 41 points against Oklahoma City. Following the campaign, Gordon was named to the All-Rookie Second Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2008
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
  • July 15, 2008
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • December 14, 2011
    Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers with Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and a 2012 1st-round draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul, cash and a 2015 2nd-round draft pick.
  • July 1, 2012
    Signed a four-year contract with the New Orleans Hornets.
  • July 9, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
  • September 4, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract with the Houston Rockets (as an extension on the deal signed in 2016).
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For the second straight year, Gordon slotted in as the Rockets' sixth man, providing an elite scoring presence off the bench when James Harden or Chris Paul came out for a breather. Despite Paul's addition and his designation as a bench player, Gordon received a starter's workload most nights and averaged 31.2 minutes per game. That allowed him to once again up his scoring to 18.0 points per game, which marked his highest number since the 2011-12 season. Gordon's ability to knock down three-pointers at a very high rate helped him continue to excel in the Rockets' fast-paced offense and his 3.2 deep balls per game wound up placing him third in the entire league, behind only Stephen Curry and teammate Harden. With averages of just 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists, Gordon's Fantasy value clearly lies in his scoring and three-point production. However, the Rockets' offseason addition of Carmelo Anthony does threaten those numbers. Anthony is primarily prided for his offense and the potential for the Rockets to bring him off the bench alongside Gordon could cut into the latter's usage and shot attempts. Gordon will still be in consideration for a selection in most standard leagues due to his elite three-point totals, but with a player like Anthony, who averaged a whopping 15.0 shot attempts, potentially soaking up touches, Gordon's numbers could take a hit overall.
Gordon's 2016-17 campaign, and debut year with the Rockets, was his first time transitioning into a bench role following five years as a starter with the Pelicans. While he did draw 15 starts across 75 games due to injuries in the backcourt, Gordon was largely relied upon as the team's top offensive threat off the bench, a role he excelled in and eventually earned him Sixth Man of the Year honors. The change in role certainly didn't hurt his value either, as Gordon still averaged 31.0 minutes per game. At 16.2 points, he averaged his highest scoring total since the 2012-13 season, while also adding 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.3 three-pointers. The uptempo offense run by the Rockets was a big reason for the increase in production and that's unlikely to change moving forward considering its success last season. While Gordon is fully expected to remain the team's sixth man, they did trade for Chris Paul, bringing in another elite guard to play next to James Harden in the backcourt. That could come at the expense of some of Gordon's playing time, so he many not be able to match his impressive 2016-17 numbers. A 38 percent career shooter from beyond the arc, Gordon still fits the Rockets' offensive perfectly and he's going to get plenty of shots as the top option in the second unit. That said, temper expectations a bit considering his usage could drop with the Rockets planning to stagger the playing time of Paul and Harden in an attempt to keep at least one of them on the court at all times.
Gordon missed at least 18 games for the seventh consecutive season, furthering his reputation as one of the league’s most injury-prone players. This time around, it was a fractured ring finger that cost Gordon nearly 40 games over the final four months of the season. Prior to the injury, Gordon started 44 games and posted numbers that were, for the most part, right in line with his career averages. Gordon produced 15.2 points, 2.7 assists and and 2.2 rebounds while converting his 6.5 three-point attempts per game at a 38.4 percent clip. Gordon and the Pelicans mutually parted ways over the summer, as he signed a four-year, $53 million contract to follow teammate Ryan Anderson to Houston. He’ll likely be penciled in as Houston’s sixth man, backing up James Harden at shooting guard and likely spending considerable time playing alongside Harden in the backcourt. Gordon is unlikely to reach last season’s mark of 32.9 minutes per game, but if he can stay even relatively healthy, he could be a major bargain in the middle or later rounds of fantasy drafts. On paper, at least, coach Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced system should suit Gordon well, as should Harden’s ability to penetrate and kick to shooters on the perimeter.
Gordon had another injury-filled season in 2014-15, missing 21 games in large part due to a labrum injury. The shooting guard played in 61 games and averaged 33 minutes per contest. The centerpiece of the deal that sent Chris Paul out of town, Gordon averaged a career-worst 13.4 points per game last season with 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals, and 141 three-pointers. Although the scoring output looks weak on the whole, Gordon actually faired almost two points per game better after the All-Star break, the further removed from his injury he got. A noted positive from the previous season is Gordon's marksmanship from beyond the arc, where he shot a career-best 45 percent from downtown despite mustering a meager 41 percent from the field overall. That figure placed Gordon third in the league in three-point percentage, slotted just ahead of new head coach Alvin Gentry's former sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Now with Gentry in tow, it can be expected that Gordon will continue to find good looks from beyond the arc this season. The downside to Gordon this year will, as always, be his health. The new regime in New Orleans figures to monitor Gordon's playing time very closely in an effort to keep the guard healthy for the duration of the season. Now entering his eighth season, Gordon hasn't played more than 64 games since his rookie season way back in 2008-09.
Eric Gordon enters his seventh NBA season attempting to stay healthy after playing 64 games a year ago, the most he's played in a season since his rookie campaign. In 32 minutes of action, Gordon averaged 15.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game while draining 101 three-pointers for the season. For Gordon, the 15.4 points was the lowest scoring figure he's posted in his career, and it's unlikely that number will improve with Anthony Davis continuing to progress and Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson expected to return to action. Where Gordon excelled last season was from beyond the arc. The shooting guard connected on just 44 percent of his field goals, but 39 percent of his three-point attempts. Gordon's career hasn't exactly taken off since being the centerpiece of the controversial Chris Paul trade a few years back, but the potential is still there for the 25-year-old, and having a capable distributor like Holiday should only improve the looks he gets on the offensive end. Gordon may not be the focal point of the Pelicans' offense, but he can still score in bunches and provides a lift in the steals category, averaging more than a steal per game in every season of his career.
Gordon enters 2013-14 coming off surgery on his ankle, but he is expected to be 100 percent by the start of the season. Despite playing in only 42 games and not playing in the second game of back-to-back sets last season, Gordon was the team's leading scorer with 17.0 points per game. Everyone knows Gordon is a talented player, but his issue has been staying healthy. He hasn't played in more than 62 games since his rookie season with the Clippers, when he played 78. He's played fewer than 60 games in each of his last three seasons. When healthy, Gordon will be the starting shooting guard and a threat to pour in 20-plus points on a given night.
Gordon did little to shed his injury-prone label in 2011-12, missing all but nine of 66 games. Acquired by the Hornets in the Chris Paul trade last offseason, Gordon was able to provide only a glimpse of how he would fit in with his new team due to only playing in nine games. Gordon tried in vain to exit New Orleans this offseason, signing a max offer sheet with the Suns and essentially pleading with the Hornets not to match the offer. Alas, the Hornets matched the offer sheet, and he’ll return to a suddenly more exciting Hornets squad that includes No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis. Ryan Anderson, the league’s reigning Most Improved Player, also joined the team in a sign-and-trade deal. Even if not completely healthy last season, Gordon wasn’t far off his career per-game numbers, averaging 20.6 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.4 steals. Like many of the shooting guards profiled, much of Gordon’s skill set revolves around scoring the basketball, but he could take on more of combo guard type of role if first-rounder Austin Rivers isn’t immediately up to the task at point guard. As a result, Gordon could see his assists climb, especially now that he’s playing alongside the athletic Davis. Gordon will likely come at a discount on draft day given his injury history, but if healthy, he should have ample opportunity to showcase his scoring ability given the dearth of established perimeter scorers on the roster.
Gordon has quietly become one of the best shooting guards in fantasy, but he’s struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons, making his prospects for this season somewhat hard to gauge. Gordon’s efficiency as a jump shooter and talent for getting to the charity stripe have made him more consistent on a game-to-game basis, and his strong shooting percentages from the floor and the line are an unusually valuable combo. Now in New Orleans, Gordon should be the team's unquestioned first option on offense and could be among the league leaders in scoring and threes.
It's hard to say that Gordon was a fantasy asset last year. In standard, 12x13 leagues, he was south of the league median in terms of overall value. And not only that, but he had almost exactly the same line as in 2008-09, his rookie season. Points (16.9 last year, 16.1 the year before), threes (1.9, 1.7), assist (3.0, 2.8): if the showed improvements, it was likely due to the commensurate increase in minutes (36:00, 34:17) as opposed to anything else. Anyone who took him 50th or so overall, thinking that a 20-year-old with legitimate scoring ability was sure to break out – well, that was a disappointed fantasy owner. Of course, the fact remains: Gordon is still only a 21-year-old, and he still has legitimate scoring ability. As for the likelihood of a serious breakout, that would require probably four or five more shots or a sudden capacity for shot-blocking.
Like many other rookies in the NBA, Gordon spent his first few months in the league getting adjusted to the faster pace of the game as well as the increased physicality and talent of his competitors. He was used sparingly as a three-point specialist in November and averaged just 7.8 points in 19 minutes. A trade in late-November saw Cuttino Mobley jettisoned to New York, which vaulted Gordon into the starting lineup and called for him to play big minutes for the first time. Gordon embraced the added responsibility and flourished as the season progressed – he dazzled during the 51-game stretch from January on, averaging 19.8 points, 3.4 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 treys, 1.0 steal, 0.5 blocks and 2.5 turnovers on 46.1-percent shooting from the field and 86.8-percent from the line. Those numbers put him just outside the top-50 in per-game value. With the Clippers finally rid of Zach Randolph, things are looking up for the team and consequently for Gordon’s outlook this season. The biggest jump in a player’s value is traditionally between his rookie and sophomore seasons, so Gordon could be in store for a big year after finishing in the top-75 last season.
The short-to-medium term plan for seventh-overall pick Gordon is to serve as an apprentice under Cuttino Mobley and Ricky Davis until he’s ready to step into the starting backcourt. A 6-4 guard with an outstanding outside shot and the strength to pinball his way through the lane, Gordon was the leading scorer in the Big Ten last season despite playing through a wrist injury and seemed very badly affected by the controversy surrounding coach Kelvin Sampson’s departure. Before the draft, several teams were reportedly considering Gordon as a potential point guard. No danger of that with the Clippers, who have Baron Davis and now Jason Williams to run the show. That will free Gordon to play his more natural off-guard position, which should speed his development.
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Cleared to play Tuesday
GHouston Rockets
March 10, 2020
Gordon (knee) will play Tuesday against the Timberwolves, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.
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Questionable Tuesday
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March 9, 2020
Gordon (knee) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
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Officially out Sunday
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March 8, 2020
The Rockets list Gordon (knee) as out for Sunday's game against the Magic.
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Out Saturday, doubtful Sunday
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March 7, 2020
Gordon (knee), who is out for Saturday's game against the Hornets, is doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Magic, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Out Saturday
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March 6, 2020
Gordon (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game at Charlotte, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports.
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