Any trade of New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon seems unlikely

As rumors swirled all day Wednesday regarding possible trade destinations for New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon, it seemed unlikely he would be moved by Thursday’s trading deadline because of the size of his contract and his continued absence from the court in the second of back-to-back games.

The fact that Gordon did not play in Wednesday night’s 105-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers would likely tend to scare off any potential interest from other NBA teams who might have concerns about his current and long-term health. And Gordon’s four-year, $58 million contract could also dissuade suitors because of the more penal luxury tax in place in the new collective bargaining agreement.
There has been universal doubt around the league about Gordon’s health, according to numerous sources, and that will increase the difficulty of making a trade.
The most prevalent speculation Wednesday centered around a possible Gordon deal to the Golden State Warriors in return for Klay Thompson.


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