The New Orleans Hornets are off to a 3-2 start. Head coach Monty Williams has said he is pleased, considering that guard Eric Gordon has yet to play a game. Also, franchise player Anthony Davis has missed two games with concussion like symptoms.
The Hornets seem to have a nice chemistry. Williams said that the current outfit is "one of the hardest working teams we have ever had." This group looks like one that genuinely enjoys playing alongside each other.
That's why I say it is time to cut the cord with the team's highest priced player.
The time is now to tell Eric Gordon to make a new plan, Stan; to drop off the key, Lee.
That means it is time to admit that matching Phoenix's four-year, $58 million offer for Gordon was a mistake.
As Gordon rehabs his surgically repaired knee in Los Angeles, some curious things are happening in the other LA.
Davis appears to be ahead of schedule as a star talent. The nearly-seven foot tall stud will one day soon be the best big man in the NBA. In his first three NBA games, he is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes a game.
Davis is at times spectacular yet always efficient. In three games, he has taken only 36 shots and made 19.
Forward Ryan Anderson has taken to his role off the bench. Anderson, one of the better three-point shooters in the NBA, is also averaging eight rebounds per game. His acquisition from Orlando could be the best trade yet made by Hornets general manager Dell Demps.
Robin Lopez, a rugged center acquired in a trade with Phoenix, is averaging a respectable 11 points and seven rebounds.
But the biggest surprise has to be the play of forward Al-Farouq Aminu. A key piece in the Chris Paul trade along with Gordon, Aminu is averaging almost 13 points and nine rebounds a game.
Late last season, Williams sent Trevor Ariza to the bench and put Aminu on the floor. That move is now paying off, big time.
Dealing Gordon would also free up the two-guard spot for first round pick Austin Rivers. New Orleans should ditch the experiment of Rivers at the point and play him at his natural position.
When the Hornets matched the Suns offer sheet for Gordon, general manager Dell Demps expressed joy.
Said Demps in a news release, "Eric is a phenomenal player. We are thrilled to have him in our organization."
There is no doubting Gordon's talent.
But, just like Baron Davis and Chris Paul before him, Gordon and New Orleans aren't a long term fit.
Over the next three seasons, the Hornets will owe Eric Gordon $44.7 million.
Maybe the Hornets can send Gordon home to Indiana for a New Orleans hometown guy, Danny Granger.
The money earned by the two next year is almost a match. Granger, a Grace King product, would come home to continue his career.
Plus, Granger's contract expires after next season.
It would be great to see Gordon return to the floor for the Hornets and along with Davis have the current squad competing for a playoff spot.
But, it is time to get past what could be, and realize what is.
Eric Gordon wants to be somewhere else.
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