The only thing missing from the confusing saga over Eric Gordon's mysterious knee injury is a good, old fashioned trade request. And neither Gordon nor his agent has made one, a league source told CBSSports.com.
Team officials are hoping for some clarity on Gordon's status in the coming weeks, and while additional surgery is not a certainty, it hasn't been ruled out, either. But as for the drama factor, there has been no indication from Gordon -- stated or otherwise -- that his goal is getting out of New Orleans.
When coach Monty Williams oddly ruled Gordon out "indefinitely" Wednesday, and when Gordon further confused matters with vague, contradictory statements when he met with the media Thursday, it only fueled speculation that Gordon was still bitter over the Hornets matching the Suns' offer sheet for him during restricted free agency.
This is yet another of the odd contradictions in the Gordon saga; it doesn't fit with his actions. When the team gathered for voluntary workouts in August, Gordon was there -- was there early, in fact. When last season ended -- a season in which Gordon played only nine of 66 games -- Gordon spent the majority of the time working out in New Orleans before heading to Las Vegas with Team USA.
Something happened -- or didn't happen -- between the time Gordon left Team USA and rejoined the Hornets for training camp last month. On Thursday, he called it "sort of" a setback. There's damage, but nothing structural; what the doctors are seeing on his MRI doesn't match what Gordon is feeling in the knee. You've heard it all by now.