Eric Gordon was a restricted free agent this summer and was retained by the Hornets despite wanting to play elsewhere.
Although Gordon is now on a huge four-year/$58 million deal, that won't necessarily be enough to keep him happy.
This season, Gordon will have to be the leader of the Hornets despite his young age. He'll have a little help from rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, and Ryan Anderson is a nice new addition, but the Hornets simply don't have enough talent on the roster to make the playoffs or come anywhere near it.
Gordon recognizes that he's one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, and sooner or later he'll likely want to win a ring. If he decides midseason that the Hornets are nowhere near a championship, then he might not hesitate to pull a Dwight Howard and whine his way out of town.
Now, if he wants to do that, he has a lot to prove.
First, he needs to establish himself as a truly great talent, because it'd be risky for a team to make a blockbuster trade for a young player coming off an injury who also has a monster contract.
But if he can start the season strong, then it wouldn't be surprising to see him flirting with other teams halfway through the season.