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The Hornets might regret signing Eric Gordon.
Eric Gordon finally returned from a knee injury on Dec. 29 after missing the first 29 games of the season. The Hornets struggled badly without their star shooting guard, and Dave Leonardis of B/R weighed the pros and cons of whether the Hornets should keep or trade Gordon.
Leonardis speculated that the Hornets could form a great core for the future with a healthy Gordon, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis due to Gordon's immense scoring talents, which at one point rendered him a future All-Star.
But the Hornets were 7-23 without Gordon and have won just one of the two games in which he has played since returning (he sat out the third game because it was the second of a back-to-back).
New Orleans may have a bright future, but the present is pretty bleak, and until Gordon returns fully to form, it may continue to be. The Hornets are positioning themselves for another high lottery pick in what could potentially be a very good 2013 NBA draft.
If they land a top-three pick, expect them to add a premier center like Nerlens Noel or Cody Zeller to play alongside power forward Anthony Davis.
Gordon's health is key, though. If he can return to form and start playing well, the possibilities of trading him open up a lot of options for the Hornets, particularly since they feel Austin Rivers could potentially be the shooting guard of the future.
Greivis Vasquez has been impressive at the point, and keeping Gordon may not be in their best interests since vast interest was expressed in Gordon last season.