Pelicans GM Dell Demps is in a challenging spot. What is clear is that the New Orleans roster needs an overhaul. What is rumored is that Demps’ job is in jeopardy (and Joe Dumars is waiting in the wings to take over this summer, at the behest of Mickey Loomis). In this spot, a lot of GMs go for quick-fix moves trying to bring in guys that can help the team win now and maybe save their jobs, even when the better play for the franchise are deals looking farther into the future.
Whatever direction Demps goes, expect the Pelicans to be active around the trade deadline. There are a lot of Ryan Anderson trade rumors out there. But that’s not the guy the Pelicans want to move — even with a fractured finger that will sideline him until around the Feb. 18 trade deadline, New Orleans wants to shop Eric Gordon, reports John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Before the injury, sources say the Pelicans were exploring trade offers for Gordon. There is still a chance the Pelicans could look to trade Gordon before the Feb. 18 deadline if they can find a willing team. Gordon was the only Pelicans’ player to start 40 of the first 41 games before getting injured.
The Pelicans still harbor playoff dreams this season, they are four games back of current eight-seed Sacramento. In a vacuum that could be made up, but leaping past Portland and a getting healthy Utah is going to be much more difficult. The Pelicans need to make moves thinking about this roster for next season, and the seasons beyond that, not fighting to be the eight seed so they can see how good Golden State is firsthand. The big picture is what matters.
Moving Gordon (and Anderson) could be part of that, depending upon what comes available in return. Something to watch as we move toward the trade deadline.