In the NO Podcast Episode 165: The Irreplacable Anderson

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Published: January 5, 2014
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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
Papa Pelican
Papa Pelican

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

PelicanSaints
PelicanSaints

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

Caffeinedisaster
Caffeinedisaster

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?

504ever
504ever

@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.

Caffeinedisaster
Caffeinedisaster

@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.

504ever
504ever

@Caffeinedisaster@504ever

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.