Just this pass offseason, the New Orleans Hornets were all in on Eric Gordon. He had showed the ability to be an elite scorer at the wing position, and the Hornets saw Gordon as an anchor for their development roster.

They paid Gordon as such, signing him to a max contract of $58 million over four years. And while Gordon still leads the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game, he has become a hard sell in New Orleans.

After failing to move Gordon at the trade deadline, the Hornets remain interested in shipping at the end of the season, according to The Times Picayune.

That will be a tough flip, considering Gordon’s contract and injury history. Gordon, on a max deal that pays him $45 million over the next three seasons, is coming off knee surgery and a 2011-12 season in which he played only nine games. When available in that stretch, Gordon averaged 20.6 points on 45 percent shooting.

Further complication came in Gordon’s recent flare up with coach Monty Williams during a Friday loss to the Utah Jazz. Gordon was benched in the third quarter after he engaged in a shouting match with Williams, which became so heated Williams needed to be held back by an assistant, NBA.com reported.

Gordon was back in the starting lineup when the Hornets faced the Phoenix Suns this past Sunday, producing 17 points and six assists in a 95-92 win. It was a return to the site Gorgon nearly made his NBA home, before landing back in New Orleans. At the time, Gordon signed an offer sheet of $58 million for four years and said he'd be disappointed if the Hornets matched the offer. Gordon said his “heart was in Phoenix,” and New Orleans fans haven’t forgotten that.