Eric Gordon could be headed to Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to make a move by the trade deadline. Although the team should not be eager in trading away one of its young assets for the future, like Giannis Antetokounmpo or Brandon Knight, almost anyone else could be on the move. The Bucks are reportedly interested in acquiring New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon.
The Pelicans have been searching for a way to shake things up, since they still haven’t reached a playoff level. Eric Gordon is one of the players who is very likely to get traded by February 20. The veteran guard is not performing as well as the team expected and he definitely is not justifying his $14.3 million salary.
On top of that, the Pelicans are looking to switch the younger Tyreke Evans into the starting lineup, so they would have no big issues if Eric Gordon was gone. The Pelicans acquired Evans this summer and up to now he has been playing off the bench. His limited playing time is a big reason why he hasn’t been able to unfold his full set of skills.
Eric Gordon has two more seasons in his contract apart from the 2013-2014 one, with the second one being a player option. He is owed a little less than $15 million next season and another $15.5 million for the 2015-2016 season. Despite his relatively big contract, Gordon has always been a consistent scorer an overall contributor for his career.
This season, he is one of the best scorers for the Pelicans team, averaging 15.8 points per contest on 43.1 shooting from the field and 38.2 percent from three-point range. He is also dishing 3.3 assists and grabbing 2.7 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks could certainly use a veteran guard like Gordon for their rebuilding process. Although the team is heading all the way to the last seed in the Eastern Conference and also the worst record in the NBA, which will give the Bucks more chances to get a top draft pick next summer, Milwaukee is certainly trying to build its future. The Bucks do need some changes to get things moving towards the right direction. Certainly, the team has found a potential future superstar in Giannis and it also possesses some nice complementary pieces. Nonetheless, the presence of a proven veteran star like Gordon could only benefit the Bucks in several aspects of the game.
If Milwaukee decides to go for the trade, it has some nice pieces to offer to the Pelicans, some pieces which could be tempting for New Orleans to deal with. The Pelicans want to make it to the playoffs this season and they could use an upgrade at their center position. Larry Sanders could be on the trade block, although some latest reports state that the Bucks are now not so eager in trading him away.
In general, this trade seems like it would help either side move forward. The two teams have just four days to make it work.