Eric Gordon saw his chances of returning to the New Orleans Hornets increase significantly on Wednesday. According to ESPN, the Hornets traded Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Rashard Lewis and a second-round pick.
With the Hornets expected to buy out Lewis' contract, which will save $10 million, Tom Benson's new club will have plenty of money to re-sign Gordon.
What enhances the Hornets' chances of retaining Gordon is the fact that Gordon is a restricted free agent, which allows the team to match any offer for him.
However, the Hornets aren't guaranteed to keep him. A team just might make an offer that the Hornets couldn't see themselves matching. If a team were to offer Gordon a maximum contract, New Orleans might cede the derby for the young scorer to that team.
Some of these teams would have to make preemptive moves in order to land Gordon, but he would certainly make sense for the following five teams.