As rumors swirled all day Wednesday regarding possible trade destinations for New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon, it seemed unlikely he would be moved by Thursday's trading deadline because of the size of his contract and his continued absence from the court in the second of back-to-back games.
The fact that Gordon did not play in Wednesday night's 105-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers would likely tend to scare off any potential interest from other NBA teams who might have concerns about his current and long-term health. And Gordon's four-year, $58 million contract could also dissuade suitors because of the more penal luxury tax in place in the new collective bargaining agreement.
One league source Wednesday night said of Gordon, "nobody wants him."
The most prevalent speculation on Wednesday centered around a possible Gordon deal to the Golden State Warriors in return for Klay Thompson.
But Ric Bucher, the Warriors sideline television reporter, wrote Wednesday night that a trade wouldn't be forthcoming before the Thursday deadline, but it could be revisited during the summer.
Gordon has veto power over any trade the Hornets might want to make until July, meaning he can control his destiny over any deals before Thursday's deadline.
A source close to the Hornets said Wednesday night there were no active trade discussions at this time.