Regardless if the New Orleans Hornets are unable to pull off a trade involving guard Eric Gordon before Thursday’s 2 p.m. deadline, it has been become clear the franchise will likely remain open to trading him after this season ends, according to sources.

The Hornets (19-36) have had trade discussions with the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to acquire shooting guard Kyle Thompson in exchange for Gordon. But the deal appears unlikely because the Warriors are unwilling to part ways with Thompson, whom they feel is a young emerging star and they have concerns about Gordon’s health, sources indicate.

The Hornets are looking for a deal that could possibly improve their overall roster for the long-term, which means they are looking for young emerging talent that will enhance their current rebuilding plans around No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis.

There's also been trade speculation the Hornets had exploratory discussions with the Indiana Pacers, which would be Gordon's top choice because Indianapolis is his hometown. But sources indicate there have been no serious trade discussions between the Pacers and Hornets involving any type of trade deal.

Earlier this week, Gordon appeared unsure about what may happen before Thursday’s trade deadline. But he has veto power over any trade the Hornets might want to make until July.

``I don’t really get caught up to it,’’ Gordon said Tuesday night. "But you just never know your situation. That’s part of the process but at the end of the day, you can’t worry about that as a player. If it happens, it happens. I’m definitely not worried about it.’’

The Hornets matched the Phoenix Suns’ four-year, $58 million sheet to Gordon this summer to retain him as a restricted free agent. But Gordon missed the first 29 games of this season because of a patella tendon disorder and bone bruise in his right knee. He didn’t return until Dec. 29 but remains under on restrictions from playing in the second game of a back-to-back sets to avoid overworking his knee. After 19 games, Gordon remains the Hornets’ second-leading scorer with a 16 6 scoring average.