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Eric Gordon isn’t asking for a trade, it’s about the knee

Nov 2, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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Nobody is sure what is going on with Eric Gordon’s knee. Not the doctors, they seem to say there is no structural damage (at least according to GM Del Demps). Not Eric Gordon, he says he had a setback but is vague and talking about more information coming in.

Certainly not the fans in New Orleans, who see a guy who got a max deal, asked the team not to keep him this summer and has a structurally sound knee but won’t take the court.

But Eric Gordon has never seemed the “I’m not going to play because I’m mad” kind of guy. He’s a competitor. And there are not many better spots to be than on an up-and-coming Hornets team right now.

We may not know what is going on exactly, but we can rule one thing out one thing — he’s not trying to get traded. From Ken Berger at

The only thing missing from the confusing saga over Eric Gordon’s mysterious knee injury is a good, old-fashioned trade request. And neither Gordon nor his agent has made one, a league source told

I still feel like I’m looking at a puzzle with some missing pieces. We’d all like answers, but they may be longer in coming than this weekend Berger notes.

The Hornets have consulted other medical opinions and are evaluating all the information they have on Gordon’s injury. And while Gordon said on more than one occasion Thursday that some decisions will be made by this weekend, it seems likely to take longer than that — weeks, rather than days. With so much invested in Gordon, the Hornets will err on the side of making the best decision for the long term.

About the only thing I’m sure of is when Gordon does return he’s got a locker room and a city to win over. And that’s going to take more than just some good play on the court.

  1. prosourcetalk - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Even competitors have preferences, and he made it clear this summer that his preference is to not play in New Orleans, regardless of the team’s “up-and-coming” label.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      If Gordon had half a brain and wanted to leave New Orleans he would have remained with the Hornets for the final year of his contract rather than signing a 4-year deal with another team that can be matched. Now he’s trapped.

  2. cakemixa - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Not sure why he doesn’t want to play there. New Orleans is a pretty good city.

  3. rj2323 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I wish he would have signed with the suns he should go to a contender the dude can flat out ball drop 20 on you any given night

    • hardballtalkusername - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      The suns are far from contenders. In fact, I bet the Hornets finish ahead of them this season.

    • paleihe - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      He did sign with the Suns…but he was a restricted free agent. As michaeljordanseviltwin pointed out earlier, if he really wanted to play somewhere else, he shouldn’t have signed any deal, waited it out, and signed after this season.

      But, if I were him, I would have signed a deal also. Make sure to get that guaranteed money before an injury derails my career. Can’t blame him for wanting that.

  4. ajonesmc931 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Ha suns, must be jokin

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