Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Hornets were going to explore deals for Eric Gordon later in the summer. And then there’s this little nugget from the Times-Picayune.
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.
Keep in mind that with the Hornets matching the Phoenix Suns’ offer sheet of four years and $58 million, Eric Gordon has the power to veto any trade.
Last summer, Eric Gordon signed that Suns offer sheet and said that “his heart was in Phoenix.” He wasn’t exactly thrilled when the Hornets did match the offer and has tried to repair his relationship with the team since then. But Gordon, throughout his Hornets tenure, has been often injured; he only played nine games last season and has only played 17 games this season due to a knee injury.
The Hornets want Thompson as he is an outstanding shooter. Thompson being healthy also probably has something to do with it because, as mentioned, Gordon seems to be hurt a lot. The other two shooting guards in the depth chart of the Hornets include Austin Rivers and Roger Mason, Jr. Gordon’s earlier concern with the Hornets was that after drafting Rivers, he felt he would become expendable. Maybe the Suns, who are looking to make some kind of deal, are open to trading for Gordon. They already whiffed on him earlier but they may get a second chance here.
Eric Gordon was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the seventh overall pick in 2008 after one year at Indiana University. He was part of the Chris Paul mega-trade before the 2011-12 season. In his last year as a Clipper (2010-11), he averaged a career-high 22.3 points per game.
The trading deadline is on Thursday, 3pm Eastern time.