December 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) looks on during the first quarter against the New Orleans Hornets at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hornets 103-96. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Gordon Trade Rumors Picking Up, Hornets Interested In Klay Thompson

As we are getting closer and closer to Thursdays trade deadline Eric Gordon’s name is starting to get thrown out in a lot of rumors. The latest developed rumor is that the Hornets would be very willing to part ways with Gordon now, if they could acquire shooting guard Klay Thompson from the Golden State Warriors. Thompson is in his second year and has proved himself more than capable of shooting the ball.

Sources confirm the Hornets would be interested in any trade deal with the Golden State Warriors that would include second-year shooting guard Klay Thompson. But sources indicate the Warriors are reluctant to part ways with Thompson, whom they feel is a young emerging star.

via John Reid

This trade would be more than ideal for the Hornets. Gordon has yet to play in back-to-back games this season, so trading for a more reliable option would be best. Thompson may not be the play-maker Gordon is but he will put up the points. Thompson is also still on his rookie salary contract of about $2 mill for the next two season while Gordon will be bringing in a max contract worth $15 for the next four. Of course for this trade to work the Hornets would need to acquire more contracts from the Warriors but the Warriors have plenty. I am sure the Hornets would at least want 1 other decent player back in this trade, maybe Carl Landry returns to New Orleans, Landry is currently on a 1 year $5 million contract. The Warriors could also throw in Andris Biedrins who for some reason is getting paid $10 million this season, same with Richard Jefferson.

If the Hornets were able to shed Gordon’s contract and pick up a low one like Klay Thompson’s they would be able to sign a player to a max deal in this upcoming free agency. A few players that have a good chance of being in free agency this year include Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Andre Iguodala, and Eric Bledsoe.

February 1, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (10) shoots the ball during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 113-98. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

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