Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 12:15 pm  |  15 responses

New Orleans Pelicans Reportedly Shopping Eric Gordon

Word on the street is that the Pelicans are once again exploring trade options for guard Eric Gordon, who’s been healthy all season, but whose numbers don’t quite justify his contract. Per the Sporting News:

The problem with dealing Gordon is that the Pelicans are unlikely to get fair value. In his first two seasons with New Orleans, he played just 51 of 148 possible games, dealing with a variety of injuries. Around the league, the belief was that Gordon was bitter with New Orleans management for having matched the offer from Phoenix.

Gordon has been healthy this year, and is averaging 15.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting, making 38.5 percent of his 3-pointers. But that production doesn’t match up with his contract, which calls for Gordon to make more than $14 million this year and $30 million over the next two years (he has a player option on the final year of the deal).

“He has been healthy and he has played better,” one league executive said. “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.”

The hope for the Pelicans this year was to play Gordon in a three-guard look with Holiday and Evans. Ideally, that lineup would have been effective and, at the same time, rebuilt Gordon’s value should the Pelicans decide to trade him. Partly out of necessity with the (Ryan) Anderson injury, (Monty) Williams has been using that lineup more, but the lack of size (Gordon and (Jrue) Holiday are 6-3, and (Tyreke) Evans is 6-6) hurts defensively.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Eric Gordon for Jeremy Lin, Omer Asik, and the Rockets 1st Rd Pick

    (related: New Orleans is down both their starting PG and starting PF for an indefinite amount of time, if the playoffs are still the goal for this season (they don’t have a pick) then that would be my play).

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Pretty sure they aren’t looking for another 6’3 guard and center

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    want to rationalize that? they don’t have Jrue Holiday for probably the rest of the season, Ryan Anderson either. Is Austin Rivers and Jason Smith losing minutes a big deal or something?

  • spit hot fiyah

    isn’t that pick like top 6 protected or something?

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Lin for Gordon would still leave them undersized and in the same position, he is not half the defender gordon is and would hurt them defensively without a solid frontcourt like he had in houston(davis exempt) to clean up for him smith and ajinca are still serviceable bigs and ajinca especially looks pretty promising and can be just as good if not better then asik(has better touch around the basket, better length)

    Tyreke came into the league a 20,5,5 PG and will likely take on the ball handling duties with holiday out and can get him back on track to the all-star player he looked to be early on in his career. Roberts who is a solid shooter can play off the ball a bit and create, morrow can also shoot the ball well and maybe austin rivers steps up, however if not then i think they should look to trade for a dion waiters/earl clark type deal or turner and hollis thompson type combo(in essence a bigger guard and a stretch 4 type player, not sure hollis fits the mold of a stretch 4 but u get the point)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s not Lin for Gordon. It’s Lin/Asik/Draft Pick for Gordon. Defensively, there is not 5 Centers better than Omer Asik. Including him literally mitigates any defensive loss the team suffers by adding Lin for Gordon. ANd no, Alex Ajinca is not only not nearly as good as Asik, he’s not part of New Orleans long term plans. He plays less than 15 minutes a game, which has even been true since Ryan Anderson went down. He’s not a viable option, and the team isn’t tanking.

    - Tyreke Evans is not a point guard. Not by any stretch of any imagination is he a point guard. he shared ball handling duties his rookie year with Beno Udrih, who actually played more minutes at PG than anyone else. and he was completely figured out by the end of the season. That’s why him at PG was such a huge disaster his sophomore season, lasted about a month, and that’s why nobody ever tried to peddle him as a PG again. If New Orleans wants to compete, playing Tyreke Evans at PG is not in the cards.

    - Also, having Asik/Lin on the roster gives them two very valuable expiring contracts next season, allowing them to grab multiple assets/picks while also knowing they have cap flexibility for the following summer.

    - regarding your other trade ideas, Eric Gordon is a max contract player. Cleveland has no money to take him on by giving up anyone other than Anderson Verajao or Luol Deng.

    - Philadelphia is not taking any trade that adds money to their cap, while also making them more competitive. They are tanking. On purpose.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes, but New Orleans isn’t going to finish with a bottom 6 record

  • spit hot fiyah

    well it’s a lottery so they could still get that pick, but off course u can’t count on that.

    btw lowe has a new article on what bledsoe’ injury means for the suns. reading it right now….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hey me too!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “Brian Roberts averaged 12.6 points and 10.0 assists per game in five starts last year. Shot 37.3 percent. Meh.” via: @CTowersCBS

  • Anthony

    Yeah…why keep Eric Gordon when you have the spectacular and solid guard play of Rivers….sarcasm….

  • The Seed

    Never should have signed him and should have let him go a while back. He is OVERRATED!!

  • Ugh

    Better arguments than I thought at first glance of your suggestion. Don’t know if Gordon would fit with Harden, though. Paying 15mil to a sixth man is hard… ask OKC.

  • JML-G

    well he has never really wanted to play there too, so New Orleans can only blame themselves

  • Youngindy21

    George Hill, Solomon Hill and Danny Granger for Eric Gordon. And then move Lance Stephenson to the 1. Seems like a fair trade to me.