Among the teams reported to have shown interest in Gordon are the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. While Broussard’s sources suggest there is little chance of New Orleans trading him before the deadline, the Hornets have been making calls and gauging interest.
Gordon is averaging 16.4 points in just 29.5 minutes per game this season. The Hornets are 19-34 with no chance of sneaking into the playoffs in the Western Conference, and it makes sense that they would at least entertain offers for one of their most valuable trade-market commodities.
According to Broussard, the Rockets would plan to use Gordon alongside point guard Jeremy Lin and shooting guard James Harden, with Harden moving to small forward should Houston manage to work out a deal. Although, he also suggests that dealing for Gordon would be a “Plan B” for both Houston and Dallas (which is also reportedly interested), as both teams prepare for a potential run at free-agent center Dwight Howard.
There’s little chance of this situation developing in the near future. Even if New Orleans does decide to move him before the deadline, Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld points out that Gordon could dismiss any deal:
Steve Kyler @stevekylerNBA
RT @hooch20: Hearing anything on Eric Gordon being available ---> Hornets say interest in moving him overstated. He has veto power2/10/2013, 2:19:31 PM
With so much uncertainty, it will be interesting to see how the rumors of a potential deal for Gordon unfold. There are a lot of teams that would love to move forward with Gordon in their lineups, so it should be an exciting situation to monitor.