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Report: Hornets still looking to move Eric Gordon this summer

Apr 8, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans Reuters

At the trade deadline the New Orleans Hornets had some discussions about trades for shooting guard Eric Gordon, but nothing came of it. Not surprising — it’s not easy to move a guy on a max contract coming off knee surgery.

But after an up and down season where he averaged 16.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting with a pedestrian PER of 15.2 — and got into a sideline shouting match with coach Monty Williams on Friday — the Hornets are going to try again to see what interest there is in him, reports the Times-Picayune.

The Hornets were unable to pull off a trade involving Gordon before the February trade deadline, but the franchise is still likely to remain open to trading him after this season ends, according to sources Saturday.

His last season with the Clippers, Gordon averaged 22.3 points on 45 percent shooting, he had a PER of 18.5 and looked like one of the best young guards in the game. He put up similar numbers with the Hornets after the Chris Paul trade for nine games until his knee injury that had him out the rest of last season and the start of this one.

But in there Gordon lost the New Orleans fans — he signed a max offer sheet from Phoenix them publically asked New Orleans not to match because his “heart was in Phoenix.” Gordon let business become personal — the Hornets were letting the market set Gordon’s price always with the intention of matching but Phoenix wooed him and Gordon took it as how much more they wanted him. The comment turned off the New Orleans fans, as did his slow recovery from knee issues and going back to Los Angeles to recover when the Hornets would have preferred he stay with the team.

It’s likely he is with the team next year; it will be hard to move him as he has had the knee issues and is owed $45 million over three years. On paper he and Anthony Davis should be the young future of this team, but Davis is the focus now and the team will look at moving on from the Gordon era.

  1. connorchew - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    philly would have loved to trade bynum for him… knees shmees, who needs them?

  2. bougin89 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Eric Gordon just isn’t that good. He’s shown signs of being a good offensive player but overall he has never consistently produced whether it be injuries or whatever. It’s always about potential when talking about Gordon. He’s never come remotely close to having a dominant season but was still given a max contract. Just foolish on the Suns/Hornets part.

    • adoombray - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      and yet, he would be the best 2 guard in Phoenix since Joe Johnson. We’d love to have him.

      • danfrommv - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Joe Johnson. Another overpaid player

  3. asublimeday - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Da Bulls.

  4. cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Trade him to NY for Amare, then amnesty Amare, save $18 million, no brainer.

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM


    • bougin89 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Other than this being impossible why would the Knicks want to do this?

    • powerpc20 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Yeah, we know you are a “no-brainer.” Why else would this happen?

  5. eventhorizon04 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    A year after refusing to let Eric Gordon leave despite his pleas, the Hornets are now trying to trade him away after a down-season that killed his value?

    Oh, NBA GMs….

  6. edwardemanuelson - Apr 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    The Hornets should’ve let him walk when they had the chance, and drafted their next point guard. It’s examples like this why certain franchises are in the lottery year after year.

  7. asublimeday - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Trade him to NY for Amare, then amnesty Amare, save $18 million, no brainer.

    And the Hornets would want to do this…why?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Cap savings, Tom Penn. Goodness.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      The appropriate question here is why would the KNICKS do it, when it would put them deep into luxury territory, and unable to use the MLE next year. The most they can hope for is to squeeze one more year out of him and hope that someone takes him on in 2014-2015 as an expiring contract and the cap savings that come with it.

      • NOLA in Focus - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        the appropriate response is, you can only amnesty players still on your roster that were there at the time of the last cba. amare is not a hornet now. he was also not one then either.

  8. simonkuntz - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Trade him to the Pacers for Danny Granger and a 1st round pick! The Pacers are already proving they can win without the 18 pt per game career average of Granger. Gordon is from Indianapolis and Granger is from New Orleans. It’s a win for both sides.

    • metalhead65 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      great he is from Indy so how does that help keep him on the court for the pacers? why trade for a guy who is always injured? sure granger was hurt this year but he does not have the history of problems gordon does and is not owed the money gordon is. worst case for the pacers is granger comes off the bench for them next year instead of starting for them and proves he can still score,then they trade him to a contender or use the money they save by not resigning him to sign a big name free agent.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      So why, exactly, is Indiana giving up the pick when they’re receiving the worse contract?

      • emosnar - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        Right, you give the Pacers draft picks just to entertain the idea.

  9. adzs - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    As a Hornets fan finding it really annoying how people are suggesting that we should have let the key piece we received in the Chris Paul trade walk for nothing; even with a possible offer from Phoenix on the table what would we have got in return Kendall Marshall and Jared Dudley? Come one! we can still get better than that even with his fall in value; personally love the above idea of simply swapping gordon and granger with a pick chucked in for good measure..

  10. jeff6381 - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I knew this would happen the guy wasn’t worth the contract its just another example of teams with money under the cap spending horribly there are a lot of horrible contracts in the NBA.

  11. patfic15 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Still can’t believe the fools matched his offer. At least explore a sign and trade…but noooooo, we keep him instead.

  12. 32magicman - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    If you sign an injury prone player to a max contract after he says he doesn’t want to play for you then you are brainless.

  13. saint1997 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    They could snare Danny Granger for him

  14. GymAlien - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    I’m sure you know what PER is but even though I’ve been around a while… I don’t know what a PER is? People Ending…. Points E…. Point e… rebounds….ah?

    Pau Gasol for Eric a draft pick and their best big man.

    • bougin89 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Just no. This doesn’t make any sense for either team. The Lakers want cap space after next season(Gordon would wreck that). Anthony Davis is the Hornets best big man and no way in hell are the Hornets trading him.

  15. scoutlukeprados - May 3, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    id love to trade him for noah or avery bradley…demps and monty put a premium on defense

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