Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/30/12
Now that Eric Gordon has returned, the question becomes whether the veteran guard wants to remain with New Orleans. I have a feeling hell learn to love it, an Eastern Conference executive told FOX Sports Ohio. Gordon, 24, is a 6-foot-3 scorer. He was traded to the Hornets prior to the start of last season. Thats last season, kids. Not this one. But a bum (and were talking major hobo here) knee kept him sidelined for all but nine games last year. This year, hes played in one. That took place Saturday in a win at Charlotte -- in which Gordon scored a game-high 24 points. Not bad for a season debut, eh? Actually, not a surprise when youre talking about Gordon. Thats why the Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Clippers. They knew Gordon was part of the return, that Gordon has All-Star potential, that hed immediately become their go-to guy. Then the Hornets landed the No. 1 overall pick, and drafted former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis. With Gordon and Davis (and free-agent acquisition Ryan Anderson), people figured the Hornets might have something. And they might. But this has hardly been smooth sailing for new owner Tom Benson, GM Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams. More like an almost-worst-case scenario. Davis has occasionally been injured and Gordon, again, just got on the floor. More than that, Gordon signed a large free-agent contract (four years, 58 million) with Phoenix during the season. A lot of folks in the know speculated Gordon didnt want the Hornets to match the offer, that he wanted to play with the Suns. If true, thats interesting. Its not like the Suns are in a considerably better place than the Hornets, or that Gordon would get the ball more in Phoenix. Anyway, the Hornets matched the offer. Then Gordon missed the first 29 games, and everyone assumed he wanted a trade. And maybe he does. If so, the Suns are still very interested. So are the Indiana Pacers. One GM even suggested the Oklahoma City Thunder should make a play. They certainly have the assets, but Im not sure how youd make the money work, the GM said, before admitting such a plot is highly unlikely. No matter, this is where Gordon has to earn his money, be a professional, come out with the determination he displayed Saturday. He certainly has the talent. Hes certainly capable of being a No. 1 option, an All-Star, a winner on a team with potential. If that doesnt happen, according to sources, the Hornets will be willing to move him quick. Thats not what they want, and theyve made that clear, said the Eastern exec. The best situation for everyone is that Gordon stays healthy and happy and this team gets a chance to build. Dribbles Most executives around the league interviewed by FOX Sports Ohio seem to think Phil Jackson will consider coaching the Brooklyn Nets. With Phil, its all about how much control he has, said one GM. I think hes probably OK with not winning another championship. Its more about getting the most from his team without a bunch of annoying interferences. USA Today reported that Geoff Petries 19-year run as Sacramento Kings GM may be nearing an end, perhaps even before the season comes to a close. Thats a fairly interesting development -- as Petrie has developed a reputation among former employees as someone who doesnt put in the necessary time, but who has always gotten a free pass from team owners Joe and Gavin Maloof. The Kings have denied theyre trying to trade center DeMarcus Cousins, a true talent as both a player and a trouble spot. But multiple sources who claim to have taken their calls said thats not true, that Cousins is actually on the market. The asking price, however, is way too high right now, said one opposing GM. Twitter: @SamAmicoFSO
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