Is he definitely gone from N.O. this Summer? I've heard mix signals. Would N.O.just make him available to see if something good comes in, will they actively shop him for a good deal, or will they simply just be willing to rid themselves of his contract? And yes I'm asking hoping my team will be able to get him for cheap :-)
Can you see New Orleans taking Lou Williams straight up for him, assuming they aren't offered a better deal, or would they rather keep Gordon? I'm thinking Lou is much cheaper, and can start alongside Vazquez until Rivers is ready, then fill the 6th man role for them. Fyi- I see New Orleans drafting a center this year and I don't think they have given up on Rivers as a future starter, just as a sg, not the pg they envisioned.
NO... Williams will not get u EJ. It will take Horford and one of the two first round picks the Hawks have this yr. don't forget the Pelicans gave up a top 5 player/best PG in the game to get EJ.
The hardest part with Eric Gordon is his health. No one would deny that he's a very good basketball player, but he's never been able to stay consistently healthy. The most games he played in a season was 78 and that was his rookie season. He's played less games every year since including one season he played 9 games and this season where he played 42. Unfortunately for the Pelicans if they intend to deal him they may struggle to get even value back considering his health concerns.
One idea I've seen floated around is Eric Gordon for Danny Granger. Its been mentioned multiple times likely thanks to Paul George's emergence and Danny Granger's injury and also likely because Gordon is from Indiana and Granger is from New Orleans. A trade along these lines may be the best the Pelicans can hope for considering Eric Gordon's health concerns.
A trade that I thought would help both teams would have been Paul George for Eric Gordon. Of course this was last offseason and before Gordon got injured and George turned into a star. Grangers injury turned into a blessing in disguise because we really got to see what George was made out of.
I wouldn't touch that trade if I was Indiana. That's a lot of money to pay a guy that can't stay on the court. If I'm NO I do that trade in a heartbeat. It's an expiring deal at a position that you could use the help and he's from the area, so you might increase the chances of re-signing him at a reasonable rate.
You raise a good point 220, it's almost like Gordon knew that when he did everything possible to get to Phoenix by signing a max deal and publicly stating he didn't want to be in New Orleans.
I'm still bitter about the Pelicans screwing over Gordon by forcing him to remain when he knew he wasn't going to stay healthy anywhere but Phoenix.
In the space of a year he's gone from a max contract guy and potential All-Star to an afterthought.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but can Phoenix trade for Gordon yet?
This off season they can.
In my opinion, all chronically injured guys should get to Phx. You could build a pretty decent team of guys that can't stay healthy in the NBA and get all of them for a discount. Ironically Nash and Hill leave Phx this year and both end up with some injury issues. Granted they are older, but the trainers there have been amazing with what they do.
Honestly I feel if they had a decent coach they would be a destination for these sorts.of free agents. Let's hope the next hire is a good one, because they've whiffed the last few.
It has to be a year from when the contract was matched. So he can be traded to Phoenix but not until July.
The Pelicans didn't screw over Gordon and to say the only place he could stay healthy is in Phoenix is ridiculous. NOLA flat out told him and all teams that any offer would be matched no matter what. They weren't just going to let him go for nothing. If he or Phoenix really wanted to get a deal done they should have offered NOLA some assets. You don't let assets walk for nothing if you can help it. NOLA could help it in this case and will be getting some value back.
I've followed this story line closely and it seems that teams value Gordon more than us pelicans fans do. I don't know how much Demps wants for Gordon but he won't be giving him up for scrap. One of his targets is Bledsoe which leads me to believe he wants someone younger, cheaper, and with some potential. Any trade for Gordon will require the Pelicans to take back a bad contract because of his injury history. This will be tricky but two trades I've seen and like are:
Gordon/Lopez for Bledsoe/Deandre Jordan
Gordon for Gortat/1st rounder
A smart GM wouldn't even consider trading for Eric Gordon....sure he's a good player but his health issues combined with that max contract (which he shouldn't have been offered last summer) scream volumes
Wesley Matthews + 1st round pick for Eric Gordon?
Trail Blazers get their "star" shooting guard they coveted since B.Roy left. IF HEALTHY?!?!?!
Hornets get a durable/reliable shooting guard until Rivers develops a little more. Plus that top 10 pick might snag them A.Len if he falls.
If I could trust Portland with Eric Gordon knees I would do this in a quick second but Portland hasn't had much luck with knees in their past.
As an EJ supporter, it's been tough the last two seasons. I was talking to his dad the other day and he told me EJ played through ankle soreness for three months. The surgery he just had to remove scar tissue in the ankle was extremely minor. He also told me that his knee is about 90-95%.
Personally, I hope the Pelicans trade him. I feel like the NO media is consistently attacking him and the fans don't support him. Everything is super negative. I feel the Hornets only matched his deal because they viewed him as an asset (which has blown up in their face due to his knee injury and his trade value is low), not as a player they wanted to be in NO long term.
All in all, he needs a fresh start. However, he'll have to prove he can stay healthy before a team pulls the trigger on a trade. I know for a fact he's unhappy in NO, but he won't say anything now that he's under contract.
I think you're right that a lot, if not the majority, of fans have turned on Gordon. It's because of a combination of things though. Gordon started things off badly by saying he didn't want the Hornets to match Phoenix's offer sheet. Of course that's going to tick off the fan base. Then he's injured for half the year, and when he does play his heart doesn't seem to be in it half the time and he looked very rusty. He did come on some at the end of the year though.