It’s pretty clear after Monty Williams’ comments to beat reporter Jimmy Smith of the Times Picayune Newspaper that the Hornets will match the Suns deal for Eric Gordon.
I won’t go into why I think this is such a disastrous undertaking for the Hornets…If you want to read more on my thoughts on Gordon and the Hornets matching just go to my twitter handle @FletcherMackel and you’ll get all the opinion you need.
This blog is what I would do if I were Hornets GM:
First, I love what Dell Demps did in the draft, Davis and Rivers were the guys I was touting before either even declared for the draft (scroll down to read past blogs for those who doubt my predictions).
I also love the Ryan Anderson for Gustavo Ayon deal. Anderson (along with Ersan Ilyasova) was one of the free agents I hoped the Hornets would pursue.
Now…as for the Eric Gordon fiasco.
I’m on record as saying that I would never bring Gordon back to New Orleans. He and his agent Rob Pelinka have poisoned the waters in NOLA.
If I’m Dell Demps and Mickey Loomis I’m calling Phoenix and working on a deal.
If Gordon signs with the Hornets on July 11th and not the Suns the Hornets could then trade him to Phoenix. If Gordon signs with the Suns on July 11th and the Hornets match the Hornets are stuck with Gordon for at least a year!
If I’m the Hornets GM I’m taking Markieff Morris, two 2013 1st round draft picks and a large trade exception from the Suns for Gordon. The two first round picks are the Suns and the one the Suns acquired from the Lakers for Steve Nash. The trade exception keeps the Hornets from having to take back any bloated salary.
I’m then using the money I had earmarked for Eric Gordon on two unrestricted free agent players. O.J. Mayo and Jordan Hill.
Mayo is 24 years old, much bigger and far more durable than Gordon having played in 97% of his professional games. Mayo’s number’s mirrored Gordon’s when the two entered the league and both were starters. Sure, Mayo’s numbers dipped the past two seasons when he was used as a 6th man but I’m signing him to make him a starter again. Hill is a 24 year old former lottery pick who played well for the Lakers in the post season behind Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
My Hornets lineup would look as follows:
Austin Rivers, O.J. Mayo, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ryan Anderson & Anthony Davis
Austin Rivers, O.J. Mayo, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis & Jordan Hill
Bench: Jarrett Jack (who becomes a trade asset at the 2013 trade deadline), Greivis Vasquez, Xavier Henry, Darius Miller, Markieff Morris, Lance Thomas & Jason Smith.
Will this happen…only in fantasy land!
What will happen?
More than likely Eric Gordon will be a malcontent in New Orleans and the team will be foreced to trade him in a bad deal (a la Baron Davis in 2005)….but I hope I’m wrong!