In the NO Podcast Episode 165: The Irreplacable Anderson

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Published: January 5, 2014

Ryan Anderson goes down, and once again exposes the fact he is probably the most irreplaceable part on the roster when it comes to efficient offense. It happens, of course, after Michael and I talk about how things were looking up for the team. Dangit! We also talk Ajinca stating, Eric Gordon’s odd explosive/disappearing acts, Jrue Holiday’s passivity when playing next to Gordon, and the return to a starting lineup with two black holes. Sigh.

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7 Comments

  1. Caffeinedisaster

    January 6, 2014 at 9:57 am

    With our record, we’d currently be 5th in the East.
    I’m wondering what our course of action will be if we are barely left out of the playoffs with no pick in the draft.

    Any ideas aside from moving Gordon?

  2. PelicanSaints

    January 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

    if we can’t move Gordon….free agency will be the only option ….retooling the bench with a good mix of new guys…….

  3. Caffeinedisaster

    January 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

    PelicanSaints That’s what I see.  Gordon for roster filler.  Hopefully good signings at the 3/5.

  4. 504ever

    January 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Caffeinedisaster
    We can’t move Gordon until the value of his expiring contract makes up for how much he is overpaid.  If he stays healthy throughout his contract, the overpay amount is something like $6M.  If he doesn’t stay healthy, the amount goes up, possibly to his entire annual salary if he misses tons of time.  (Think Bynum like value only!)

    I don’t see Gordon getting moved until 12-24 months from now.

  5. Caffeinedisaster

    January 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    504ever Caffeinedisaster The thing is Gordon has been pretty healthy this season. (aside from the couple games he just missed)
    We’re never going to get out of him what we paid into him and either this team is pushing for the playoffs or we drop everything and start driving the tank, praying our 1st rounder is in the top 5.
    Looking at Benson and Monty’s comments this season, I’d say we’re in the former category of pushing for the playoffs.
    Considering how well Tyreke is playing, I’d say Gordon is moved this season for possibly a solid SF, perhaps a decent big, to fill out the roster or cap space. (any of those would be considered a win, given his injury history)
    Pretty much everything the franchise does at this point is about proving to the Unibrow that we’re serious about winning, thus making his decision easier in coming years about making NOLA his permanent home.

  6. Papa Pelican

    January 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

    rebuild for a another season i can’t take this anymore.Now we’ve two injury prone players .

  7. 504ever

    January 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Caffeinedisaster504ever
    But how can you move him when he is so overpaid and has 2.5 years left on his contract?  I would make the trade you are suggesting in a heartbeat, but no one will give us that, or anything close, for Gordon. That is the problem/reality.

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