It came out today that, The New Orleans Hornets are still open to trading shooting guard Eric Gordon this summer, according to ProBasketballTalk at NBC Sports.com.
The 24-year-old almost came to the valley of the sun last off-season, when he signed a massive offer sheet from the Suns, which was matched by the Hornets, who had precedence because Gordon was a restricted free agent for the Louisiana organization.
The 6’3” guard was acquired by New Orleans via the Chris Paul trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and when signed before this season got a huge contract (owed more than $13 million this season) and hasn’t been healthy.
He played nine games last season and has gotten only 37 games under his belt this year, with a handful left on the schedule.
However, the Suns have a reputation of employing the best medical staff in the league, and if they can help Jermaine O’Neal, Grant Hill and Steve Nash play at a high level, then they can help a youngster like Gordon get and stay healthy.
Gordon is a star and that is what Phoenix needs. When he is playing and engaged, instead of having a verbal altercation with his coach, he is a very good player. Just watching shows that. Sunday, he scored 17 points against the Suns, along with six assists and a couple steals, despite the recent “spat” with his head coach that got him benched and coming off of not playing for a long time.
But what would Phoenix need to give up to acquire Gordon?
Seth Pollack of Bright Side of the Sun.com says that it is probably Jared Dudley and the late first-round lottery draft pick that we will receive via the Los Angeles Lakers.
To me, that sounds like it is in the right ballpark, but with the injury history, issues with the coach and the big contract, New Orleans may just want him out of town.
Fortunately, the Suns have the money, the star medical personnel, and the ability to hire a coach that he wants if the Suns want to make him a cornerstone of the franchise, along with Goran Dragic.
This is just one blockbuster trade waiting to happen that gets fueled before the season is even over. There are many more to come. This is going to be a fun off-season!