Say what you will about his desire to bolt small market New Orleans for the L.A. limelight, but a major factor seems to consistently be missing from the CP3-to-LA discussions. For the first time in his career, the league’s best point guard has been paired with a player (Blake Griffin) whose ceiling is also incredibly high so Paul’s change of scenery will work well for everyone involved. But there are other players in the league who would benefit from donning a new uniform. From superstars trying to hold together obviously sinking ships to more obscure talent being underutilized, the following five players should pray to David Stern that something materializes before the NBA’s March 15th trade deadline.
1. Ben Gordon, Detroit Pistons
The first word that comes to mind when I think of Ben Gordon is “disappointment.” One of the most electrifying scorers in the league during his days as a Bull, he foolishly signed with a Detroit team that was absolutely loaded with wing players, and now everyone unfairly considers him a Charlie Villanueva-type bust. As dangerous of a shooter as Steph Curry, a team starved for perimeter scoring options should pay attention to Gordon. Imagine if the Celtics scooped him up. Yes, Ray Allen looks good in Celtic Green, but look past the sentimentality and a team with Rajon Rondo and Gordon in the backcourt would be more than formidable.