Free Agent Options #8: Eric Gordon (RFA)
Eric Gordon is going to be heavily courted, but said all the kinds of things that would lead one into believing he is going to re-sign in New Orleans. Maybe he should. Gordon claims to like the city and the fans, but certainly he realizes he needs an environment in which he can shine to the best of his abilities.
Gordon is the kind of talent that should play in a big market. He has the ability to average 25 points per game, and I would equate his upside to about that of Joe Johnson, a far more athletic Johnson. Gordon already appeared in a dunk contest, and has shown he can excite fans. He shoots well and defends well, and Rivers likes both things.
Gordon is going to command a very large contract, and New Orleans likely will match, but players can only be retained if they want to remain somewhere, really, and if Gordon wanted to play in Boston, he would likely find a way to do so.
Could Ainge land a game changing talent like Gordon? I don’t see why not. He did it in 2007 when he obtained Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. If Gordon wanted to be a Celtic, Ainge would do everything he could within the jurisdictions of what was legal to get Gordon in a Celtics uniform. Again, Rondo and Gordon would be a a great backcourt, and their speed would make up for any deficiencies in height. Defensively, they could be a potential nightmare tandem on the perimeter.
It’s dreaming big to be sure, but this could be the move that brings Ainge back to prominence as a GM. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him swing for the fences, as he rarely did when he played baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays in the early 80s.