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NBA Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Eric Gordon

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5 Teams That Need Eric Gordon

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Look at the New Orleans Pelicans roster from last year. Now compare it to this year’s team. How could they possibly be last in the Southwest Division? Anthony Davis is an All-Star snub this year for sure. Jrue Holiday, who is currently injured with a stress fracture in his tibia, was an All-Star last season. They acquired Tyreke Evans in the offseason, who starred for the Sacramento Kings for the past few years. They've got a pretty good supporting cast to go along with their core.

To answer the question, the Pelicans play in probably the deepest division in the NBA. All four of the other teams ahead of them are currently in or vying for a spot in the playoffs. Their main issue seemed to revolve around how they were going to get all of these different players to adapt to playing in a system that complements them all equally.

When they compiled this team, it was interesting to think about how guard Eric Gordon fit into their long-term plans. He’s the type of player who is capable of lighting up the scoreboard on any night, which attracts the attention of many teams that need to increase their scoring output. Earlier on in his career, his numbers were constantly in the 15-22 PPG range. He’s still holding steady in that range this year, but he seems to be becoming one of the afterthoughts in this lineup with the emergence of Anthony Davis lately.

It is uncertain whether or not Eric Gordon will be moved prior to the trade deadline, however, here are a few teams that would probably be in need of his services this season.

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5. Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls have been in need of a scoring two-guard for as long as one can remember. They have Jimmy Butler, who is a tremendous defender, but his shooting ability is still developing. The interesting thing about the Bulls possibly being in the market for Gordon would be that it reunites him with his old AAU teammate Derrick Rose. The two are very familiar with each other and I'm sure that they wouldn’t object to teaming up once again when Rose finds a way to remain healthy.

An obstacle is the Bulls’ current salary cap situation. They’ve already traded away Luol Deng and opened up some space. The prospect of taking on Gordon’s contract may make it difficult to pull the trigger on this one. His contract is worth just over $14 million this season.

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4. Boston Celtics

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The Boston Celtics don’t really have the catch-and-shoot player that Rajon Rondo has been accustomed to. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have moved on. Courtney Lee is a pretty good player, but he was packaged away to Memphis a few weeks ago. At the moment, all Rondo has to work with is a future budding star in Jeff Green and a defensive stopper in Avery Bradley. Adding another piece to that lineup could solidify them for the future.

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3. Philadelphia 76ers

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There is a lot of promise on this team. Moving Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young up a spot from their traditional positions has seemed to produce great results. Additionally, Michael Carter-Williams is playing like the Rookie of the Year. Their shooting guard spot is not necessarily solidified with Tony Wroten though. They could use some additional scoring in their backcourt. Gordon might be able to provide it.

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2. Denver Nuggets

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Nate Robinson went down with a torn ACL. He was one of the shortest players in the league, but also one of the most explosive in terms of scoring in a hurry. His loss will be felt on the team, as they also are without forward Danilo Gallinari for the remainder of the season. Replacing the scoring of both players won't be easy, but adding a quality backcourt mate in Gordon to team up with Ty Lawson would help them down the stretch.

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers

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The team’s troubles with guard Dion Waiters have been well publicized. For some time, the rumor was that his days in Cleveland were numbered. Yet, Waiters is still suiting up for the team. They would be foolish to package him away and not plan to fill his spot in a deal. Gordon would most likely prove to be an asset to the team by complementing Kyrie Irving in the backcourt.