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Would New Orleans consider trading Eric Gordon? Maybe.

Feb 14, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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Eric Gordon didn’t make a lot of friends in the New Orleans fan base last summer when he begged the organization not to match the max-contract offer from the Phoenix Suns. Then Gordon was back in Los Angeles dealing with knee pain for the first half of the season. Now since his return he’s had some good nights, he’s had others where it looks like he’d rather be anywhere else.

With all that history, are the Hornets willing to trade Eric Gordon?

Probably not, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN in a trade rumor post (behind their pay wall). But probably not is different than “no way,” which was the response initially. After some teams called the Hornets the Hornets made some calls to judge market value.

I’m told a Gordon trade this season is highly unlikely, with one source with knowledge of the situation telling this week that, as things stand, there’s “less than a 10 percent chance” New Orleans would move Gordon before the deadline. Still, the fact that the Hornets made calls around the league implies that they are at least warming up to the idea of moving him at some point.

There would be interested parties, but the Hornets are going to want a lot of value back. Dell Demps pictured Gordon and Anthony Davis growing up together and learning to win together as young players in an Oklahoma City sort of way. They have a potential franchise anchor in Davis, they will want young studs to go with him. Not your bad contracts.

But it’s something to watch.

  1. kcar28 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    90% of Hornets fans want him gone

  2. kb2408 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Gordon for Pau and Meeks? N.O. could then play Davis at pf. The Lakers could bench MWP, start Kobe at sf and Gordon in the backcourt with Nash. Earl Clark makes Pau expendable.

  3. sdemp - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Bucks should trade B. Jennings, M. Ellis, E. Udoh for E. Gordon and whatever else makes the deal work. . . just a thought.

    • bougin89 - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      No. Effing. Way. Gordon has always been this way even with the Clippers, he’s really had horrible body language in losses. I remember watching him at the Bradley Center when he was a clipper and remember thinking “wow what a horrible teammate”.

      Back to the main point, At this point I’m expecting the Bucks to probably blow this thing up with reports coming out that Jennings has absolutely no interest in returning to the Bucks. Eric Gordon is NOT the guy I want the Bucks taking a max contract on. Injury prone, bad attitude/effort at times, overpaid means NOT WANTED.

      • money2long - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        i just think sdemp was looking for the fastest way to get thumb downs

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    My Philadelphia 76ers desperately need a scorer to pair with Jrue Holiday, someone to take and make the big shots late in games. While sme big man help would be ideal, adding a guy like Gordon would instantly boost our ability to put points on the board.

  5. p31squared - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Pacers should send Granger home to the Big Easy and bring Gordon home to Indy. Would likely require a 1st-round pick to get EJ, but it would be a win-win for both clubs.

    • gmsalpha - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Granger and Gordon are both making about $13m in 2013 and $14m in 2014.

      Unfortunately Gordon is also being paid about $14.5m in 2015 and $15m in 2016.

      Still, it definitely works in through the end of next season, money-wise.

    • metalhead65 - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      great so he can sit at home in Indy rehabbing his injuries collecting his millions instead of actually helping the pacers win. no thanks they do not his over paid contract to go along with his overrated hometown hero status.

  6. nolahxc - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    …so you’re saying there’s a chance?!

  7. nvandy42 - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Kevin Love and Alexey Shved for Gordon and Ryan Anderson

  8. emosnar - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Pacers don’t want his a$$ we good this way. Stay is Nawlins dog. Chemistry is good this way.

  9. redstar504 - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Well put me in the 10% that doesn’t want him gone for the following reasons:
    1.) If he wants to be here or not he is a player with loads of talent guys that are good for 20 plus a night don’t fall off trees
    2.) Given his injury history your not going to get value back
    3.) Despite his rep they guy is not a cancer
    4.) for a young team to grow you have to keep it together you don’t blow the ship up if you run into a rough patch
    5.) Who else do you expect to get? Rivers isn’t the answer

    Unless some team makes an offer that nets the Pelicans some high picks that can generate another draft like the one they had last summer Gordon isn’t going anywhere. The pelicans have loads of cap space so finical considerations are not a need at this point. He has a sprained hand no need to pull the cord now he’ll be back after the break. Let the team continue to grow they have shown a lot of promise keep it rolling.

  10. sdemp - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    . . . or just looking for the fastest way to send Jennings and Ellis out of town.

    Even though if they finish out the year together they can go down in the history books as the worst shooting backcourt in NBA history.

    • bougin89 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      It’s looking like at least 1 of them will be gone after this season anyway and possibly both. Why not keep the cap space rather than taking on a really overpaid Eric Gordon?

  11. manchestermiracle - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    That trade Stern arranged with the Clippers worked out so much better for the Pelicans, right? Thanks, David, said no NBA fan ever….

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