Why the New York Knicks Should Make a Play for Pelicans' Eric Gordon

Ryan GauleCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2014

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With their team reeling and the possibility of losing All-Star Carmelo Anthony to free agency, the New York Knicks are desperately hoping for a spark to ignite the fire.  

Enter Eric Gordon.  

Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reports that the New Orleans Pelicans are willing to shop both Gordon and Tyreke Evans around before the trade deadline.  

Gordon would be a great addition to the Knicks lineup this season for a few reasons.  

First, the Knicks need help from beyond the arc.  

As a team, the Knicks are shooting an unimpressive 35.2 percent from three-point land.  Compare that to Gordon’s 40.3 percent and you can see why his addition would benefit the Knicks.  

He has the potential to be a consistent scorer and contributor to a playoff-contending team, and that is why the Knicks should take a shot at acquiring him.  

Another reason Gordon would be a great fit for the Knicks is because he adds depth to the shooting guard position for the Knicks.  

Let’s face it, neither J.R. Smith nor Iman Shumpert have played to their potential this season, as Smith has only caused distraction to the team.  

Gordon would bring an average of 16.2 points per game to the lineup, which is almost equal to the combined average for both Shumpert and Smith (who average a combined 18.9 points per game).    

Including Smith in an offer for Gordon could help the Knicks bring him to New York while parting ways with Smith and getting back to focusing on winning.  

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The most important part of this potential trade is that it could help keep Carmelo Anthony in New York.

After this season, Anthony is set to enter free agency, and as Marc Berman of the New York Post reports, Anthony does not want to go anywhere, but if he had to choose another team, it would likely be the Los Angeles Lakers.  

Anthony has been the face of the franchise since he was traded from the Denver Nuggets in 2011.  

He made it known for years that he wanted to play for New York, the city in which he was born and raised.

Losing him would be detrimental to the structure of this franchise, as there almost would not be one without him.  It would show that its own players believe this organization is heading in the wrong direction, which is not something ownership wants to even think about.  

Having an effective scorer like Gordon would put more reliability into the lineup, which could only help Anthony and hopefully make him see the potential in this team as free agency looms.

Nevertheless, any team would be lucky to have a scorer like Gordon who could light up any given game.  

Trading for Gordon could give the Knicks that spark they have been longing for all season now.  


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