Now that Eric Gordon is back from injury, the New Orleans Hornets must weigh their options as to what to do with their star player. Do they trade away their talented-yet-brittle shooting guard or take the chance that Gordon can stay healthy enough for the team to build around him?
Gordon made his triumphant return on December 29 after missing the first 29 games of the season with a knee injury. It was the same troublesome knee that kept Gordon out of all but nine games of last year's abbreviated season.
In his season debut, Gordon showed off the skills that convinced the Hornets he was worth matching the four-year, $58 million offer the Suns made to him over the summer. He came off the bench and lit up the Charlotte Bobcats for 24 points and seven assists. He also added two steals for good measure.
The former Indiana Hoosier standout showed no signs of being hampered by his bum knee. He was aggressive attacking the basket, notching 14 trips to the free throw line. He nailed a pair of threes and, most importantly, played 25 minutes without any setbacks.
Those were the positives. But can the Hornets continue to place their future in the hands of a guy who has played all of 11 games for the team in the past season and a half? With a postseason visit next-to-impossible this season, the Hornets must look ahead to upcoming seasons and how Gordon figures into those plans.
A case can be made for trading or for keeping the centerpiece to last year's Chris Paul trade. It is time to take a look at the pros and cons of both of those routes and come to a conclusion on what's best for the Hornets.