Feb 10, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) goes to the basket against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Hornets 102-89. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumor: Danny Granger for Eric Gordon?

Well here’s an interesting idea that I know last year, I would have never given any thought.  But now I might have to change my tune.  The idea that Eric Gordon can come in to solidify the shooting guard position, let Paul George stay in his small forward position, and ship out Danny Granger isn’t something I would have been that on board with.  Looking over it, and seeing how far along Paul George is coming, it might have to happen.  I hate losing Danny Granger because I know how much he’s meant to the Indiana Pacers.  He really had to step up in those bad years for the team.  Sure, people said he probably shot too much, but with the lack of talent around here, who else was going to score.  Now Granger has stuck around, and can see what happens when you put the right pieces around him.  We haven’t seen him play any time yet this season, but I still feel like he’s been of such value as a voice off the court.  On the court, he brings that toughness that can be aided along with David West.

Eric Gordon isn’t happy in New Orleans, and I would imagine him coming home to Indy would help his psyche out.  Then you have two hometown guys, which seems like something fans really like around here.  I don’t really think about that either way.  If a guy is good, and he can contribute to this team, great.  I also am a born and raised Hoosier, so of course I like hometown guys playing for the home town team.  But can Gordon bring the defensive side of things?  I know he can shoot and score, which would help out in that starting line up.  But would that scoring take away from what Paul George has been doing?

This is something the Indiana Pacers might have to tackle if they think Gordon for Granger is a viable option.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a deal to happen, that it would take until the last minutes of the trade deadline.  That’s how hard I believe it is to pull the trigger on it.  Sure, you are getting a great scoring shooting guard.  But are you ready to part with someone who has meant a lot to the franchise?

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