Hornets decide against late-hour trade
There is a possible upside to the Hornets' cautious approach to Gordon's playing time, given the team's exceedingly long odds of making the 2013 playoffs. If Gordon is able to finish out the regular season without reinjuring himself, and if continues to be a scoring threat when he does play, that would give Demps more flexibility in deciding whether to include Gordon in roster moves over the summer.
The Hornets, who lost in Cleveland on Wednesday night and next play at home Friday night against Dallas, did not have practice on Thursday, so coach Monty Williams and his players were not available to comment on the team's decision not to make any deals by Thursday's 3 p.m. (Eastern) trade deadline.
The Hornets are one of the youngest teams in the NBA.
Three of their regulars — Davis, 10th overall draft choice Austin Rivers and backup point guard Brian Roberts — are all in their first NBA seasons (though Roberts has played professionally overseas). Other than veteran guard Roger Mason Jr., no one on the roster has more than four full years of NBA experience.
Davis, who won a college national title with Kentucky, and then an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. team in London last summer, is averaging 12.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.
Starting point guard Greivis Vasquez, now in his fourth season out of Maryland, has emerged as a strong candidate for the NBA's most improved player. He's averaging 13.8 points and 9.4 assists.
Anderson, who was the NBA's most improved player with Orlando last season, is now the Hornets' leading scorer, averaging 16.7 points and leading the league in 3-pointers made with 160.
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