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New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon will not be dealt to the Golden State Warriors before Thursday's NBA trade deadline, league sources said on Wednesday afternoon.
Rumors were that Gordon would be sent to the Warriors in a deal that would ship second-year shooting guard Klay Thompson to the Hornets, whose name will change to the Pelicans next season.
The Warriors would have to include more players in the deal to make it work under salary-cap rules because Gordon currently makes $13 million and Thompson, who is on his rookie salary contract, is making $2.2 million this year.
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Gordon, as a restricted free agent last summer, signed a four-year $58 million offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns that the Hornets matched to keep him despite pleas from Gordon that they not do so. The Hornets, having acquired Gordon in the deal that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, ignored his request.
Why would the Warriors be interested in Gordon? Because he is a 6'3", 215-pound combination guard who, when healthy has demonstrated to be both a scorer and playmaker who is capable of creating his own shot at the end of games.
Thompson, at 6'7" and 205 pounds, has unlimited shooting range and ball-handling skills strong enough to attack the rim, but his decision-making has been suspect and the Warriors have not been confident enough to put the ball in his hands with a game on the line. The Warriors currently use Jarrett Jack as their closing point guard because at 6'3" and nearly 200 pounds, he has the size to create his own shot against most point guards and is regarded as the best decision-maker under pressure that the Warriors have. As good as starting point guard Steph Curry is, opponents exploit his lack of size and speed (6'3", 187 pounds) by putting bigger defenders on him at the end of games. Jack, however, is a free agent this summer.
Gordon, however, is a bit of a risk. The fifth-year pro has missed a minimum of 20 games due to injury every year since his rookie season and has played only 19 of 54 games this season.
Don't, however, close the door on Gordon winding up with the Warriors eventually. When asked about whether a deal could be made that would send him to Golden State, a source said, "Maybe this summer."