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New Orleans Pelicans Rumors: 5 Ideal Landing Spots for Eric Gordon

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Five Ideal Landing Spots For Eric Gordon

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The New Orleans Pelicans are ready to part ways with a coveted shooting guard, but they might have a hard time moving him.

Shooting guard Eric Gordon is reportedly on the trade block as the Pelicans are looking for some frontcourt help to pair up with Anthony Davis - especially now that Ryan Anderson went down and will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time. Since both Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans figure to be part of the long-term plans of the franchise, Gordon seems to be the odd man out on the equation.

Trading Gordon might not be easy, though. Despite the fact that he is a proven scorer who averages 17 points per game this campaign, he has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career and his lofty contract – a four-year, $58 million deal signed last year that has him listed to make almost $44 million between 2014 and 2016 – makes things even more difficult. Despite all the troubles that might arise in the process of moving him, the Pelicans have decided to part ways with the former Indiana standout, and there are a few teams that could use him to improve their offense.

All the teams listed that could use Gordon are either contending or looking for the necessary spark to take the next step after a rough start to the year. It’s clear that finding a fair value in return will be a tough task for the Pelicans, but these five teams could be a nice destination for the volume shooter.

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5. Detroit Pistons

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With the Pelicans looking for frontcourt help and the Detroit Pistons needing a scorer in the backcourt, Detroit becomes a good partner for New Orleans in terms of a possible trade. Josh Smith hasn’t been what the Pistons expected, and a straight up trade involving the two players would be quite productive although it seems highly unlikely.

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4. Charlotte Bobcats

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With the Charlotte Bobcats surprisingly fighting for a playoff spot, they need to improve their offense towards the second part of the season. Eric Gordon would be a massive upgrade over any other scorer they have in their current lineup. It remains to be seen if both parties are willing to match in terms of salaries and picks, but if the Pelicans can get a pick and an expiring contract, it would be a trade that could benefit both parties.

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3. Indiana Pacers

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Danny Granger is being buried on the bench of the Indiana Pacers, and Eric Gordon could add some versatility to the Pacers’ offense, moving Lance Stephenson to the bench or even playing as a sixth-man rotating minutes with Stephenson. Whatever might be the case, Gordon would add offense to a team that desperately needs it to contend against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.

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2. Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are battling to get to a .500 record in the Western Conference. Despite the fact that Kevin Martin is the starting SG, his game is too one-dimensional to thrive in Rick Adelman’s offense. Gordon would be a huge upgrade over Martin, and he would add mobility and versatility to the offensive scheme.

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are putting a young core together with pieces like Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters – if he’s not traded – and the arrival of Eric Gordon would give the team a legitimate scorer to pair up with Irving while keeping Waiters in the successful bench role he has been enjoying as of late. In a very weak Eastern Conference where the late seeds are up for grabs, the Cavs could make a late push if they land Gordon after trading for Luol Deng.