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Report: Hornets shopping Eric Gordon around, finding no takers

Feb 20, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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There is no shortage of New Orleans Hornets fans ready to ship Eric Gordon out of town. He begged the Hornets not to match the Suns max offer sheet last summer (the Hornets did) then he’s been out with a knee injury that seemed mysterious to some. Since his return he’s had good games and others where it looked like he wanted to be anywhere else.

The Hornets tried to accommodate those fans, tweets Chris Broussard of ESPN. But it hasn’t gone well.

What the Hornets would like to do is trade Gordon to Golden State for Klay Thompson, according to the Times-Picyune:

Sources confirm the Hornets would be interested in any trade deal with the Golden State Warriors that would include second-year shooting guard Klay Thompson. But sources indicate the Warriors are reluctant to part ways with Thompson, whom they feel is a young emerging star.

And by reluctant, what Golden State is really saying “no %&$#@* way.”

While we’ve blamed a lot of things this trade deadline on the new luxury tax rules, this is not one of them. This is logic.

Gordon is in the first year of a four-year max contract, is coming off missing a lot of games because of his knee, and is shooting just 40.8 percent this season when he does play. He’s been average. Nobody is going to lock themselves into three more years of max salary for that.

So it’s a catch-22 — the only way he gets moved is to play better, but if he plays better the Hornets are less likely to move him.

  1. aboogy123456 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Gordon definitely has the talent to be worth a max contract but he’s a big risk. He is one of the best scorers in the league but he seems so selfish. He’s a good passer when he does pass the ball, but he’s a bit of a ballhog and black hole, it takes the other players out of the game.

  2. cantonbound13 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Clippers?

  3. liamj55 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    They should trade him to the Sixers for Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes with some picks. Sixers have an Gordon and Holliday back court for the future!

    • thesixersbench - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      Yeah, let’s go ahead and bank on another guy with a bum knee.

      No thank you.

      • liamj55 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        I would rather take the chance to be great that stuck in mediocrity. If he gets hurt, than they suck anyways and get a high pick. WIN WIN BRO

      • thesixersbench - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        If he gets hurt, we’re stuck with a HUGE deal.

        Not a win-win. At least with Bynum we could cut and run after one year if everything went to hell (hard gulp).

  4. sportsnut101 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Will take in Chicago. We need a sg bad but u must take boozer in return

  5. gpatrick15 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Josh Smith for Eric Gordon?

    • bparmalee - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I want to hate this idea but I really can’t. If the Hornets are willing to overpay Smith and he is willing to play there…. that could be a decent trade for him. The Hawks need a scorer and if it doesn’t work it’s not like they have a fan base that will care (see attendance figures). I like it……..

  6. whitdog23 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    no wonder….everyone’s still confused by your reports last week the nets were trying to trade him. at least you got the right team now

  7. metalhead65 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    nobody wants to trade for a over weight over rated and over paid guy who is always injured? shocking!

  8. zacksdad - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    So this is the center piece of the CP3 trade that Stern pushed for? A player that no one wants to trade for. So after they get nothing in return for Gordon, they just got a pick for CP3. Great move David, you make such a great GM for the other owners not named Buss.

    • nvandy42 - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      People would trade for him, they just wont pay the price the hornets would be asking

  9. kcar28 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Hornets fans would trade Eric Gordon for a family pack of pepperoni Hot Pockets.

  10. eugenesaxe - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Poor attitude, breaks down constantly…Wonder why nobody wants him?

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