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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  69 responses

New Orleans Hornets Reportedly Want to Trade Eric Gordon for Klay Thompson


The Hornets are said to have placed Eric Gordon on the market, and have their eye on Klay Thompson (unlikely as that deal may be.) Per the Times-Picayune: “Hornets officials had no comment regarding trade rumors Tuesday night, but Gordon said for the second consecutive day that he’s not concerned about the trade deadline. However, he acknowledged that anything is possible. ‘I don’t really get caught up to it,’ Gordon said Tuesday night. ‘But you just never know your situation. That’s part of the process but at the end of the day, you can’t worry about that as a player. If it happens, it happens. I’m definitely not worried about it.’ Sources confirm the Hornets would be interested in any trade deal with the Golden State Warriors that would include second-year shooting guard Klay Thompson. But sources indicate the Warriors are reluctant to part ways with Thompson, whom they feel is a young emerging star. With the Hornets’ matching the Phoenix Suns’ four-year, $58 million offer sheet to retain him as a restricted free agent, Gordon has veto power over any trade deal going into Thursday’s deadline. The Hornets are restricted from trading Gordon to the Suns. Gordon remains on strict restrictions by the Hornets medical staff to not play in the second game of back-to-back sets. He is not expected to play Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    chances of this happening = zero. no way g state gives up a player they love that is on his rookie deal for a maxed out injury prone one

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Trade is not gonna happen, no one forced management to throw the bank at EG. The ”pelicans” made their bed so now they have to lay in it.

  • Max

    The Pelicans made their nest.

  • Da Real

    pelicans should have dumped him when they had the chance. phoenix wanted him bad

  • Draak Grafula

    At the moment it’s still a hornets’ nest being stirred up down in NO.

  • Caboose

    Anyone else (who actually watches GS games) think Klay is actually MASSIVELY overrated?

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Yea, they already have an injury prone Curry and Bogut to deal with.

  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    That Sh#t klay

  • ayochaser

    Send him to Phoenix where he shoulda went in the first place. I bet they’d still make a move for him. Even if he’s injury prone I feel like he’s still a great young player. His main problem is happiness he never wanted to be in NO in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    and we all know he would never have another injury if he went to Phoenix

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    wouldn’t it be fun though if the Warriors could have 3 injury prone starters?

  • TR

    Why do you say hes overrated? Hes a good shooter and he plays solid D. His percentages on offense aren’t great, but considering the amount of jump shots its pretty decent

  • roscoe

    lol… good look w/ dat… GSW aren’t trading klay… lol…

    who put this story out? were they drunk? lol.

  • roscoe

    i don’t if ppl are overrating klay, are dey?

    he is a good shooter, he gets his own shot, finishes, runs the floor, plays good D on multiple positions, and has a big body, and from all the 411 is a good teammate.

    how is dat overrating? all teams wud be lucky to have him.

  • Caboose

    1. His D is FAR from solid. It’s ugly.
    2. His shooting is very overrated. He’s decent, sure, but he’s not in the elite category of sharp shooters.
    3. His shot selection is poor.
    4. He can’t create his own shot, like at all.
    5. His basketball iq, especially on defense, is lacking.

  • Iggi Vasquez

    Solid D, can shot the J, no injury prone and still developing. Golden State better stay put.

  • ayochaser

    Exactly. They had Shaq & Nash playing like all stars past 35 so EG would deff benefit from their training staff.

  • ayochaser

    I wouldn’t say he’s overrated, remember it is just halfway through his 2nd year. I think the better term is still growing. He’s not the most athletic guy, & isn’t a great defender but he’s a much better ball handler than he gets credit for, he just needs to work on his shooting consistency and maybe rebounding but he’s got potential man.

  • Skeeter

    You don’t watch many Warriors games.
    1. Klay Thompson’s defensive PER is actually pretty well above average and he’s got the height/length to develop further.
    2. He’s a great shooter, just needs to learn when not to shoot
    3. Yep
    4. Yes. Yes he can create his own shot. He has a very nice stepback jumpshot by the baseline, and has improved his handles tremendously in the last year or so.
    5. He’s in his second year. This will improve

    So in summary.
    Would you rather have a smallish max deal guy on a bum knee, or a prototypical SG that has not had any injury concerns, is on a cheap rookie contract, and has great potential?

  • LakeShow

    Klay Thompson’s upside >>>> Eric Gordon’s

  • LakeShow

    No.
    He is a third or 4th option on most nights. He is flawed, but he is going to be a very, very, good player.

  • LakeShow

    You nailed it mang.

  • LakeShow

    Co-Sign

  • LakeShow

    Awesome, just awesome.
    Especially since Pelicans have really lousy nests compared to other birds…

  • Slick Ric

    Gotta agree caboose, EG is injury prone but I think this would be a upgrade for the warriors.

  • LeroyShonuff

    That phoenix staff and them *cough* PED’s *cough* can fix any injury

  • Caboose

    1. He has a 109 defensive rating. That puts him just behind defensive studs like Luke Ridnour, JR Smith, Kyrie Irving, and Jose Calderon.
    2. Great shooter? 42% is not a great shooter. Period.
    3. Good.
    4. He has 80% of his shots assisted on, compared to the league average of 60%. That is a RIDICULOUSLY high number.
    5. Idc if it will improve, we’re talking about NOW.

    Did I ever compare him to Eric Gordon?

  • Caboose

    Of course you don’t mind the shot happy player who doesn’t care about defense

  • Caboose

    Oh I agree he has potential. But he’s distinctly average right now.

  • LakeShow

    Of course you don’t like a guy who’s advance stats (robot voice) “DO NOT COMPUTE” with what your Hollinger mind has made up for you.

  • LakeShow

    Who has a better PG duo than GSW? Makes sense he gets assisted allot. That’s not a bad thing. That’s just good team play.
    He’s a GREAT shooter. So is Jimmer Fredette. Take that how you will.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Of course but if EG ever gets back to 100%, I’m taking him over Klay

  • bill

    How many years in the NBA do ALL of those guys have on Klay Thompson?…nevermind

  • Caboose

    Is that why he gets assisted more than EVERYONE else on his team? In fact, amongst guards, he’s one of the league leaders in % of his baskets assisted. He can’t make his own shot, and that stat alone is damn good evidence of it.

  • bill

    Not when he’s only got 1-1/2 seasons in the NBA…nope.

  • MUBWAR

    loool

  • Caboose

    I forgot, how long has Kyrie been in the league?

  • tgold

    Klay has cost the warriors a handful of games this year. The denver brain fart is at the top. you can always count on klay to get burned at the end of a game or miss a layup. When the heat beat the warriors they went after Klay every single time down. he lacks the clutch gene and shouldn’t play at the end of games. I hope he is traded.

  • LakeShow

    Have you ever heard of Ray Allen. He’s a young, slightly less talented version of Allen.
    Who cares what percentage of his buckets are assisted… for real that’s some dumb BS your on. He doesn’t need to create his own shot right now he’s a GREAT spot up shooter. The team has Curry, Lee, Barnes, and soon Bogut to create their own shots.

  • Caboose

    Lol he’s like Ray Allen…I know you hate advanced stats, but just look up Klay’s win shares. They are PATHETIC.

  • Caboose

    Is PPG literally the only stat you give a sh!t about?

  • LakeShow

    Is offensive rating the only thing that means anything about a players offensive to you?

    All Hail Tyson Chandler!!!! Greatest offensive player ever!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    GS too smart for this deal

  • LakeShow

    lol, Win shares….
    Let me school you real quick.
    Kevin Love. Name sound familiar?
    He’s the top 3 PF that you think doesn’t help his team win games.
    He was 4th in win shares last year……..
    LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Using the term “clutch gene” should warrant a lifetime ban from ever commenting on basketball.

  • Caboose

    And I’ll admit I was wrong on that one.

  • LakeShow

    That went easier than expected lol.

  • davidR

    dude klay is trigger happy. cmon man he’s shooting terribly this year, and no he cannot create his own shot

  • davidR

    agreed. his shooting is great, but the problem is his shot selection. he jacks up too many contested, off balance, early in the shot clock shots and it really kills momentum

  • davidR

    slightly less talented? i know klay is young, but let’s not disrespect ray allen like that

  • davidR

    okays good D? gets his own shot? he definitely doesn’t have either

  • LakeShow

    It’s hard to compare them only because their situations were much different. Allen didn’t have any good PG’s his first few years, while Klay has had really good PG’s. They are similar in skill set though. Klay is less talented like I said though.
    Aren’t you just happy they got rid of your boy Ellis? That team was never getting over the hump with that guy. I like his game, but he’s a 6th man.

  • davidR

    i’m actually still bitter monta got traded. i think the team is doing much better because there’s an actual second unit. i think jarrett jack and carl landry have a lot more to do with the teams success than adding bogut. i think a team of curry/monta/ SF (probably would not have been barnes)/lee/ezeli with klay, jarrett jack, landry, green coming off the bench would’ve been much better. have you seen how bad the team is without curry? or how bad they are in the 4th when the game is tight? they really need a slasher/second creator/go to scoring option…

    i also think that monta was optimized for the dubs, and i dunno what happened but damn he fell off quick once he started for the bucks.

  • davidR

    wouldn’t you also agree that a spot up shooter like klay should be exploding, especially having played with curry and monta?

  • LakeShow

    38% on 6 and a half 3 point attempts a game is really good.

  • davidR

    it is, but everything else about his game hurts the team. he jacks up way too many shots (41-42% fg), and he’s terrible during crunch time. he’ll take contested fast break 3s, force passes into crowded areas, take shots early in the shot clock, make defensive lapses…

    i mean i get it, it’s only his second year, and he shouldn’t be starting, but thats my point. if we feel that monta is a 6th man, what does that make klay?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    underrated.

  • Max

    Lol, I did not know that!
    Pelicans f*cking rock bro!

  • LakeShow

    He should be starting.
    They need him to get those rookie/sophomore mistakes figured out while this team isn’t competing for a title. Because they could be if all goes well over the next couple, few years..

    Klay is infinitely better for this team than Ellis is, especially when speaking long term. They need shooters to space the floor for when Bogut is healthy again and that is something that Monta would be terrible at. Klay is better at defending the 2 position than Ellis was, with a MUCH higher upside to his defense with his combo of size and length.
    He needs to work on his slashing, handles, and passing… yes… but so does 90% of the other rooks and sophomores.

  • LakeShow

    By ” f*cking rock” you mean look weird and should have died off long ago based upon Darwinian evolution’s natural selection process in regards to extinction…
    I concur!
    Pelicans do rock!

  • davidR

    i can definitely see your reasoning he should be starting. for me, i thought him coming off the bench behind monta or curry was perfect for him. gave him the chance to d up monta every practice, settle into his role, and force him to really earn his minutes. but that’s just me.

    bogut healthy again… we’ll have to see. watching this team all the time, its obvious they don’t have a go to scorer, especially during crunch time, especially when the game slows down to a half court pace. this is gonna be a huge problem in the playoffs. they rely too much on shooting; when they’re hot they’re hot. when they’re cold, it’s really bad. i sincerely hope bogut can regain his form and command double teams, but with his injury history we won’t know for sure, although lee and bogut look like they can play together.

    klay definitely has better upside on d due to his size and length, but he really needs to work on his decision making, and his effort. monta only had the quickness advantage on d, but he definitely played hard.

    i guess we’ll just see how klay pans out. he showed a lot of promise as a rookie, but this year he seems to have regressed. it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the playoffs if the dubs make it

  • LakeShow

    Doesn’t care about defense… Hmm…
    Sorry just randomly came to this post from 3 months ago haha :)

  • Caboose

    Lol I’ll say this, I was COMPLETELY wrong about Klay Thompson. And you can shout that from the rooftops and hold it over me for as long as you want.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.

    .

    1- Klay, for a 2nd year guy, is pretty damn solid defensively.

    2 – not at all. he is 23 years old, and he is already in the top 10% of all shooters in the league. sh*t, he’s shooting 41% from three…..IN THE PLAYOFFS, on five attempts a game.

    3- His shot selection is poor? based on what? he’s shooting 45% from the floor, and 41% from 3. That’s elite for a guy shooting almost half his shots from outside the arc.

    4 – so? nobody ever claimed he could. Reggie Miller couldn’t create a shot for himself either. He turned out fine.

    5 – that is just completely false. and fabricated.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “1. He has a 109 defensive rating. That puts him just behind defensive studs like Luke Ridnour, JR Smith, Kyrie Irving, and Jose Calderon. ”

    - No it isn’t. You made that number up. His defensive rating is the same as all other wing players on the roster. Defensive rating reflects the team. So look at that, before you make some sweeping judgement that totally renders the stat irrelevant.

    2 – 42% isn’t really awful considering the shots he is taking inside the team’s offense. especially in the regular season, when he shot 4 whole shots a game from inside 15 feet.

  • LakeShow

    lol, We all wrong sometimes man. Klay still has a way to go anyway.
    Discus told me I had like 30 new comments from you on here, but they were all old, so that’s how I ended up here lol.

  • Caboose

    I posted this…how long ago? Check above, I said I WAS WRONG.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha my bad, didn’t even look. this conversation popped up in my network, and i saw you said all this nonsense.
    .
    my bad, again.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t understand why this popped up tho. like it was showing the activity as new, i wasn’t even looking at when it was posted.

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