A little more than two years after acquiring him, and 18 months after matching a four-year, $58 million offer sheet from Phoenix, the Pelicans remain active in their pursuit of trading guard Eric Gordon, league sources told Sporting News this week. New Orleans has made contact with several teams about Gordon, even devising three-team scenarios in order to find him a new home. The Pelicans first began seeking trade options for Gordon last summer, after acquiring point guard Jrue Holiday from Philadelphia on draft night and getting swingman Tyreke Evans in a sign-and-trade from Sacramento. There was some hope at that time that the Suns might remain interested in Gordon, but after Phoenix brought in Eric Bledsoe in a trade, that interest had dwindled. The Pelicans are desperately seeking frontcourt help, particularly a center they can put next to blossoming star Anthony Davis. New Orleans sent Robin Lopez to Portland in the offseason as part of the deal that landed them Evans, but have not been able to replace him. For the last four games, coach Monty Williams has gone with Alexis Ajinca, signed from the French League last month, as his starting center. Additionally, the Pelicans have been without power forward Ryan Anderson for the last three games, as he recovers from a herniated disc suffered in a head-to-head collision with Gerald Wallace last week. Even when healthy, though, Williams prefers to bring Anderson’s scoring punch off the bench. New Orleans entered the season bent on earning a spot in the postseason, after missing the playoffs for three straight seasons since trading away star point guard Chris Paul, the deal that brought Gordon to the Pelicans in the first place. But the Pelicans have lost four of their last five to slip to 15-19, 11th in the West and four games out of a playoff berth.
Pelicans pushing Eric Gordon on the trade block, sources say
Sporting News | Jan 11