Allow me to say that some trade rumors are well-founded while others are... well... dumb. One of these rumors involves New Orleans guard Eric Gordon.
Fans and analysts alike are discussing the possibilities that Gordon may be on the move after he turned down the Hornets extension offer. At this moment, there has not been any report of record suggesting that he will be moved before the season's end.
That does not mean a possible trade is on the horizon, but the Chris Paul trade that was accepted then rescinded only to be modified and approved should indicate that dealing for Gordon will not be easy.
Eric Gordon is a young, talented player, who can flat-out score as well as do a little bit of everything else. He is also affordable for now and by being the best player on the Hornets any team will have to fork over a king's ransom.
There would be difficulties making a deal that works within the 125 percent salary range for trades. Not to mention a deal that would appease NBA commissioner David Stern. Whomever the player or players may be, the one requirement is the ability to carry out the most important duty in all of sports.
That would be to put butts in seats.
Teams must offer returning players who are similar in talent and come close enough in the appeal department to have a shot.
Here's five teams that should pull such a deal off.