The Pacers have a log jam at small forward, with Paul George, Danny Granger, Chris Copeland, and Solomon Hill...They could use a upgrade at shooting guard, although Stephenson made impeovements last year....The Pelicans have a log jam at shooting guard, with Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, and Austin Rivers...The Pelicans could use a upgrade at small forward...With that said, Indiana native Eric Gordon, and Louisiana native Danny Granger, would make a ideal trade...It would clear log jams for both teams, strengthen weaknesses, and bring homestate players back home
And Indiana is trying to compete with Miami and company for the Eastern Conference crown...I have been a huge fan if this trade idea but its not likely to happen...Gordon for Granger has been one of the best trade ideas to never happen on this site...seems like every couple of weeks someone posts a thread about the two players swapping jerseys...
NO!! We cant afford Gordon going forward, this trade would be great put if we got Gordon we would have to go deep into tax to resign George.
Bird said that there is no way/reason Indiana will go into tax.
It would be a homecoming for both players but as Festar said it would hurt the Pacers financially and considering they're going to have to think about not only resigning George but Stevenson as well. Both players need to prove they can stay healthy and be effective before this deal should happen.
I don't understand why so many people think Eric Gordon's on Danny Granger's level at this point in their career. 3 years ago it would make sense but it's not going to happen. Eric Gordon is worth too much.
Both are injury-riddled Scorers, Granger's on the downturn of his career, while Gordon is still young (24) and has a chance to re-capture his ability to drop 20+. Gordon may hold a higher price tag but I don't see how Gordon isn't at or beyond Granger's level.
However if I was a Pelicans fan, I wouldn't want Tyreke Evans to be my starting SG. He just can't shoot from the perimeter. Also Gordon is too expensive for the Pacers.
not because it doesn't make sense, but because of the way gm's value players and their jobs. If both of these players were healthy this trade wouldn't happen because they are both good and their teams would want them. However, right now, there are just too many question marks with both players. GMs get fired for trading a good and healthy player for an injured one. So until both of those players prove that they can play... don't expect either them to be traded, let alone for eachother.
If the trade were to happen today, Indiana would probably have to sweeten to pot because right now it looks like a salary dump for Gordon, who seems to be on the way back. Granger Is a free agent next year and had knee surgery last april... the odds of him player a full season are very slim right now. There is no garuntee that he would resign with NO even if he is healthy. Whereas Gordon younger, healthier and will likely start the season. He was playing limited mins last year, but it was unclear wether he was rehabbing or he lost it, or he had a problem with the coach.
Because Gordon is younger and will be able to start (even if he is not playing to the level his $/year suggests) and Granger is a question mark for next year, the Pacers will have to add more to get this deal through. Even if you believe with all your hear that granger is going to come back 100 percent, a GM is paid to consider every situation. Thus, if you are NO and you believe that Gordon will play again, you need to get something more from IND because a 1-1 trade looks like a salary dump and if gordon comes back and granger doesn't.. you can start looking for a new job. Similarly, If you are Indiana and you dont want to go over the cap.. you can't take a risk on someone like Gordon who has not proven they can stay healthy yet.
This deal will not happen, but if it did.....
The Pacers would have to part with either Hill or West (not happening) as well as potentially giving up Stephenson. Why they need to give up Hill or West is that it is the only way to keep the salary cap low enough for Gordon and George and Hibbert to stay in Indiana beyond next year.