When news of the Chris Paul trade broke, the collective ears of Pacer Nation instantly perked up - and not for the same reason as the average NBA fan. Indiana Pacers fans were far more interested in another name that was involved in the blockbuster deal. That name was hometown favorite Eric Gordon.
Pacers fans have long fantasized about the idea of the potential all-star guard donning the blue and gold. With this trade, that fantasy becomes a possibility - albeit a very slight one.
It is no secret around the league that the situation in New Orleans is a mess. They are a team in full rebuild mode with no owner to push the rebuild in any one direction, and a GM who is powerless to make roster moves without the NBA breathing down his neck.
One can easily understand why Eric Gordon was not exactly thrilled by the news.
Will this be enough to keep Gordon from signing a lucrative extension with the Hornets this season? Pacers fans certainly hope so.
As of right now, Gordon will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2012. If the Pacers are going to eventually land EJ - and yes, that's a really big IF - here are a few possible ways it could play out.
P.S. - I encourage you to comment and tell me which of these you like or dislike, as well as any other ideas you may have!