The New Orleans Hornets and shooting guard Eric Gordon were unable to come to terms on a deal last Wednesday, and at the end of this season Gordon could walk away from New Orleans and sign a deal elsewhere.
Gordon was one of the key players brought into the Hornets' organization with the Chris Paul deal in December, and it would be a shame to see New Orleans lose a talented young player and receive nothing in return.
Another player the Hornets received in that deal, center Chris Kaman, is reportedly on the trade block and if he goes then the Hornets would lose two of the three players they received in that trade last month.
However, I believe that the Hornets should look into trading Gordon before he has the opportunity to walk away from the team.
The Hornets know how they can play without Gordon because he has only played in a few games since becoming a Hornet and New Orleans is already looking to rebuild. They may be able to get a significant center-piece for their organization if they consider using Gordon as trade bait.
We have already established that the Hornets are willing to trade Kaman, and they could use a draft pick or two if they need to create a better offer for teams to consider.
I believe that there are five players that the Hornets should target using Gordon as trade bait. Let's take a look at those five guys.