Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  20 responses

Hornets Reportedly to Match Eric Gordon’s Max Contract Offer from Suns

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The New Orleans are determined to hang on to restricted free agent Eric Gordon, no matter the cost. Gordon, though, isn’t as enthusiastic about the idea.

EG has agreed to a maximum contract offer from the Phoenix Suns ($58 million over a span of four years), and Gordon claims that Phoenix is where his “heart is now.”

Thing is, though, the New Orleans Hornets plan (and have always planned) to match any and all offers for Gordon, regardless of where his heart may be.

Per the Times-Picayune:

New Orleans Hornets restricted free agent shooting guard Eric Gordon has agreed to a four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns, sources confirmed Tuesday night. Gordon will sign the offer sheet on July 11 and the Hornets will have three days to match it. Gordon was seeking a max-money contract, but the Hornets are the only team that can extend him a five-year, $79 million deal. In January, the Hornets offered Gordon a four-year, $50 million extension, but he turned it down to pursue free agency.

Hornets General Manager Dell Demps has said since the free agency period began last weekend that Gordon remains a priority to be re-signed. Sources say the Hornets will match the offer.

Eric Gordon, according to several published reports, wanted to have a decision made before heading to Vegas for Team USA practices later this week. The ball is now very much in the Hornets’ court.

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  • boggs

    stay in new orleans

  • gubbins

    Why would he go to Pheonix who are about to lose their only real commodity to Toronto or LA? With the Hornets drafting Anthony Davis & Austin Rivers, Gordon could help form the backbone of (potentially) the leagues next OKC. If the money is the same, it’s a no brainer. Maybe he has issues with franchise?

  • Executive of the Year

    Austin Rivers is the X Factor to N.O. constructing a young big three. They just need a solid wing player.

  • da real

    Joe Johnson 2.0 – this guy is not a max player and he has injury issues. Rob Pelinka is just leveraging a weak market. this is why we had the first lockout, owners throwing around big $$ for decent players #smfh

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    Yup, not a Max player because of health issues. What i don’t understand is why PHOENIX!!!!!???? Stay in New Orleans !!!

  • wet

    Once again, I hate RFA rules. Dude should just have signed a 1 year deal with Phoenix. Then he would be a UFA next year.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    He want’s PHX to heal him of his injuries woes. But nice try, you’re an RFA, you don’t really have a choice if NO decides to match the offer.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Unattractive markets with losing teams have to overpay for free agents (or restricted free agents) – one form of inequality between markets that isn’t taken account by the new CBA – so this makes sense for New Orleans. However, they better hope Gordon won’t sulk, won’t issue a trade demand, or won’t get injured again – all of which are real possibilities.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Maybe he wants to go somewhere where he will be the face and superstar, maybe he doesnt want to share the spotlight with Anthony Davis

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Eric Gordon could actually be great if he could stay healthy. like really very good. joe johnson 2.0 he is not.

  • SirGrey

    I would wanna go to Phoenix too in a way. Green light at all times, great medical staff. He’d average 22-27 if Kendall Marshall ends up being that guy.

  • cbb_fanatic

    EG needs to stay in the N.O. and help build the Hornets back with A.D. I don’t think him sharing the spotlight with A.D. is the issue, but if the Hornets are matching the Sun’s max, I wonder what is? The Hornets are building a new and vibrant team, and he has the opportunity to be basically the alpha-man of it. Why would he walk away from that?

  • Sundance

    How do players become restricted free agents?

  • Kraw

    He probably just wants to get away from the Stern-stained New Orleans Hornets

  • thursti

    Didn’t NO just basically saved money. They prrly wouldve had to offer him max money to stay and now they get him for 60, 4 years

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Lmao he probably wants out bc he knows Austin rivers won’t give him the ball. The hornets should’ve gotten Kendall Marshall.

  • ai come back

    hes not joe johnson 2.0 no hes mitch richmond 2.0 or brandon roy 1.0

  • Joe King

    Wouldnt he of just seen what the suns offer him because he knows that by doing that NO pays him more?

  • Wixurrs

    Hornets are one of the few bad teams who have a legit future. Why go with PHX when their future is the lottery for the next 5 years?

  • Donte

    Best thread of comments I’ve seen in a while. Why would you go to phoenix..? They are waaaaaay worse moving forward