Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The New Orleans Hornets and high-scoring shooting guard Eric Gordon have had a strange relationship ever since he came over from the Clippers as part of last year's Chris Paul trade.
After a knee injury limited Gordon to nine games last season, he entered into this past summer as a restricted free agent and a hot commodity for a team willing to pay the high price tag necessary to sign him away from New Orleans.
The Phoenix Suns answered that call, and Gordon signed their offer sheet, seemingly ready to become a centerpiece for the Suns, only to have New Orleans match the offer. It was an awkward situation for him to come back to a team that he had just attempted to leave.
Gordon's knee injury persisted throughout the offseason and preseason, but questions were raised regarding the ailment. Some speculated whether his absences were merely the result of not wanting to be a part of the Hornets organization.
Then Hornets head coach Monty Williams ruled Gordon "out indefinitely," and that was followed by some vague, noncommittal remarks Gordon made to the media after the news about his undefined absence came out.
However, things have become more clear as of late after Gordon received a more precise evaluation of his knee. He will miss roughly four to six weeks of action, as reported by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Furthermore, Ken Berger of CBS Sports has reported that Gordon has not made any sort of trade requests.
Is Eric Gordon really ready to be a long-term member of the New Orleans Hornets, or will he look for a way out once he heals up?