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Report: Pelicans shopping around Eric Gordon, his huge contract

Jan 10, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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There was a time three years ago when Eric Gordon looked like the best young two guard in the NBA, a guy on the rise who could be a key cornerstone of a franchise. Then came a lot of injuries (and a lot of questions about rehab, and questions about his desire to play in New Orleans). But the Pelicans rolled the dice that he would return to form and matched the Phoenix Suns four-year, $58 million offer.

Sometimes the dice come up craps.

Actually, Gordon hasn’t been bad — 15.6 points a game this season with a true shooting percentage of 53.8 percent, he can knock down the three (38.5 percent) and get you some assists (3.1 per game). Basically, he’s a little better than an average NBA player, just one making $14.3 million this season with two years and $30.4 million left on the deal.

The Pelicans are shopping Gordon and his contract, reports Sean Deveney at The Sporting News:

New Orleans has made contact with several teams about Gordon, even devising three-team scenarios in order to find him a new home.

The Pelicans first began seeking trade options for Gordon last summer, after acquiring point guard Jrue Holiday from Philadelphia on draft night and getting swingman Tyreke Evans in a sign-and-trade from Sacramento….

“He has been healthy and he has played better,” one league executive told Sporting News. “But he is a still a long way from living up to what you have to pay him. His contract is still the big reason they are not able to do anything with him at this point.”

What the Suns want is front-court help. Ideally they want a real center to pair with Anthony Davis with a real center (remember they traded Robin Lopez out as part of the Tyreke Evans trade, and Jason Smith is not the long-term answer. Of course, the Pelicans also are now without the injured Ryan Anderson (he’s fantastic off the bench for them, they slide Davis over to the center spot and it was very effective).

This is something to watch, but in a cost-conscious NBA it’s hard to see any team taking on Gordon and that contract. Never say never, but I wouldn’t bet the rent money on it.

  1. crownmethegoat - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Im sure Sacramento would have no problems taking on his contract to team up with Rudy Gay and Big Cous

  2. legend30 - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Bobcats and Pelicans.

    Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions for Eric Gordon and Anthony Morrow.

    Bobcats: wants to go to the playoffs, so this trade would help them reach their goal.

    Pelicans: get two expiring contracts, and with Holiday/Anderson out, their not going to playoffs.

    • cmehustle - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      The problem with that trade is the the Pelicans were trying to go for the playoffs this season. Thats why they traded for Holiday and gave up a first rounder. Im not saying they will make it. But if they are giving up then yea that does look like a decent trade. I would need at least a first round pick from Charlotte though if Im giving away Gordon, which is exactly what that looks like in that trade sequence.

      • legend30 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        I think the Pelicans just want to get rid of Gordon’s contract. It’s very unfortunate that Holiday is out. Bobcats would only give up a first round, if their really desperate to go the playoffs. Key factor in this trade is if the Bobcats are willing to surrender a future 1st round pick. If they don’t trade it, then that’ll likely prevent this deal happening.

    • whoisrdymlz - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I wish. I don’t think either team likes this trade at all, though.

  3. dhill1989 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Trade him to the pistons for josh Smith we need a shooter

  4. marksp18 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Here is a trade that may work.

    New Orleans gets Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks, and a first round pick from the Suns.
    Phoenix gets Eric Gordon
    Lakers get Ryan Anderson and Emeka Okafor

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=mps3k2g

    Pelicans do it because they dump Gordon’s deal and get Gasol for a playoff puch. And they have a shot at re-signing him too with that roster. Gasol may like the lineup with Davis, Evans, Holiday, etc.

    Suns do it because they wanted Gordon before and could pair him with Dragic while Bledsoe is out. It does create a log jam but they can move one of Dragic or Gordon later and it provides insurance if Bledsoe wants too much. They give up a pick because they have too many.

    Lakers do it because they are desperate.

    Obviously this is highly unlikely.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      The Pelicans have no interest in trading Anderson. None.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      AIIIIIRBALLLLLL!!!!

  5. 00maltliquor - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Gasol for Gordon?????

    • zacksdad - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Not sure if the Lakers want to tie up 15 million for the two years after this.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Not sure I would either but…

        1) It’s a thought
        2) Might as well get something of value for Gasol. He’s not coming back.
        3) It’s only two years. Who else are we gonna get anyways. Not hype on the Melo idea in the least bit.
        4) As the article stated, Gordon was one of the best SGs in the L not too long ago. Injuries slowed him down, and maybe that should be a cause for pause and concern, but maybe we could take the chance?

      • zacksdad - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        I do hope we trade Gasol for two reasons.

        1. Like you that we get something back for him.
        2. He can show case his real talent, not forced to be a shooting guard under D’Antoni 5 guard system.

        Gasol has been nothing but professional since he came here, I wish him the best of luck for everything.

    • kujo37daggs - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      No.

  6. tigers182 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Is there any league filled with more bad contracts than the NBA?

    • doubledown44 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      It just seems that way because the contracts are not guaranteed in football and there is no salary cap in baseball. The combination of guaranteed contracts and a salary cap is what makes things like this Eric Gordon situation happen.

      In reality, though, there are far more terrible contracts in baseball (especially long-term deals for pitchers). But because of the lack of a salary cap, they don’t have this kind of effect.

  7. themagicfanguy - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    @Tigers Base is WAY worse, I mean look at the top 50 highest paid players in baseball and call me when you’re done laughing.

  8. lorddarkhelmet - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    trade with Detroit for Josh Smith. Problem solved for both teams. Detroit gets a shorter contract and better floor spacing. N.O. gets a fairly young, athletic big (though not the center they truly crave). Pistons would probably even be willing to throw in Tony Mitchell

  9. TheMorningStar - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Gerald Wallace is available…and his contract is less $.

  10. kujo37daggs - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    3way deal
    Houston – Milwaukee – New Orleans

    Houston receives Ilyasova, Whithey, 2nd rounder (Milwaukee)

    Milwaukee receives Eric Gordon, Omer Asik, max cash from both New Orleans ($3 million) and Houston ($1.5 million)

    New Orleans receives Larry Sanders, Caron Butler.

    • TheMorningStar - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Why would da Bucks trade a younger, better player in Larry Sanders??

      C’mon, lets make the trade realistic for all teams?

      • kujo37daggs - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Because they’re sick of him and wanna get out of the salary commitment to immaturity. This is very realistic and far smarter than anything you idiots ate posting. God I never knew how dumb so many sports fans are. Keep up with the league fool.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      IDK, I’m with kujo on this one. This is both realistic and fair all across the board. Not sure how this got more thumbs up then down. I kinda wish it went down.

  11. mintberrycrunch1 - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Greg Monroe and Charlie Villanueva for Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson.

    NO gets a good young center to pair with Anthony Davis and some cap room as Villanueva is an expiring contract. Detroit gets a starting 2 guard, can move Josh Smith to the 4 where he belongs, and can bring one of the best floor spacing 4′s in the NBA off the bench. For a team like Detroit that is in desperate need of shooters this would be extremely valuable.

    • obmig - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Charlie V won’t get the second half of that done.

    • kujo37daggs - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Greg Monroe is good but New Orleans needs a DEFENSIVE center.

  12. pfic15 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    “What the Suns want is front court help”….what about the Pelicans? What do they want?

  13. saint1997 - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    They must trade him!! They are soo much worse in terms of efficiency and plus minus with him on the floor, he makes everyone worse. Trade him for a SF that can actually contribute, perhaps Mo Harkless?

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