The Houston Rockets went with plan B in free agency. Kevin Durant, Kent Bazemore, and Al Horford off the table the Rockets went all in on shooting to help fill out the roster. The Rockets picked up two New Orleans Pelicans free agents stretch four Ryan Anderson (his picture literally comes up when you google stretch four) and shooting guard Eric Gordon.
The Rockets brass meet with Gordon the west coast on Saturday to give him their pitch. The Rockets got their man and Gordon will sign a four-year, $53 million dollar contract with the Rockets, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski and the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen.
Sources: Eric Gordon's deal with the Rockets: Four years, $53M— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 3, 2016
Feigen notes that both Anderson and Gordon's deal do not have option years, both are straight four-year deals.
As with Rockets' Anderson deal, its straight four years with Gordon, no options for either.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 3, 2016
The Rockets finished fourth in the NBA last season in points per game with 106.5 points per game. The team will lose Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones, who were both inconsistent on offense and most times messed up the flow of the offense.
Houston has now added two quality shooters and offensive minded head coach Mike D'Antoni. It appears the Rockets will attempt to out gun every opponent the team faces on offense while punting defense. That is basically when they did at time during last season with little success.
Anderson fills a nice roll as spot up shooter for the Rockets and Gordon is a nice bounce-back candidate if he can stay on the floor. This also appears that the Rockets made the best of the free agency with the assets left on the table.