Per Cam Rose of 730 AM out of Memphis, a reported Grizzlies insider:
The Pelicans have contacted the Grizzlies about a trade scenario surrounding Eric Gordon and Jeff Green.— Cam Rose (@CamRoseShow) June 25, 2015
Well, well, well. Just days ago, it was rumored that the Dallas Mavericks would look to trade Monta Ellis if he had decided to opt-in the final year of his contract. To myself, I wondered whether Dell Demps possessed the audacity to do something similar.
Close to two weeks ago, I postulated that Eric Gordon was the most likely Pelican currently under contract to be traded away.
Since the Pelicans acquired Tyreke Evans, I've always believed Dell Demps would move Gordon if he found a return he'd be satisfied with. This might be the day.
Much like Gordon, Jeff Green has often disappointed fans and experts in his previous stops. He would have games that bordered the production of an All-Star but then go on hiatus for several weeks or so. Having once been referred to as a LeBron James-stopper, Green has all the athleticism and skills necessary to play the small forward really well. It's often been said that if only he could ever overcome his consistency issues.
The obvious connection of Green coming to New Orleans is Darren Erman. Before the Celtics traded him to the Grizzlies, Erman had the pleasure of working with Boston's best player at the time. If I had to take a guess, all the hours of footage Erman has watched of the 2014-15 Pelicans' team has our new associate defensive coach yearning for size and more ability at the shooting forward position.
Gordon is slated to earn approximately 15.5 million in 2015-16, Green almost 9.5 million. Consequently, other pieces would need to be added to make a trade work. Perhaps, Green's best friend on the team, Courtney Lee?
Stay tuned for further developments!