How does he know? Because the team apparently told him so.
“Well, they said no (the rumors weren’t true),” Gordon said before Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. “But at the end of the day, I’ve heard it before and they’ve heard it before. But it’s something I can’t worry about.”
While we’ve heard teams come out and decline that rumors were untrue, it’s a bit different when a team goes to the player specifically to inform them they aren’t going to be traded.
Of course, trading Gordon, who still has over $30 million dollars owed to him for the next two years (assuming he opts into his player option) probably wouldn’t be the worst decision given his injury history, but actually getting anything of value in return seems difficult.
That’s likely why the Pelicans have decided to wait on any potential deal, though one would have to assume if something solid does come their way, they’d entertain the thought.