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Report: Stern clears way for Hornets to offer Eric Gordon four-year deal

Jan 25, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

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Eric Gordon went with a nice leveraged move Tuesday — he went public with the information he had been told that any potential extension to his rookie deal was in the lap of David Stern. (Remember that the league owns the Hornets right now, so Stern gets the final say on these kind of things.) Put the pressure on the league office.

Then late Tuesday night comes this tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo.

Hornets brass Hugh Weber & Dell Demps have been authorized by NBA to make 4-year contract extension offer to G Eric Gordon, source tells Y!

Good for Gordon, except this leaves one major question: For how much?

Gordon is not a max-deal guy. He’s not Derrick Rose or Russell Wesbrook (who got max deals) or even Kevin Love who should get one. Gordon is good, potentially one of the best shooting guards in the game. But he played just 56 games last year do to a wrist injury and only two games for the Hornets this year due to a knee (which is going to keep him out at least three more weeks). When he was playing his best he was near an All-Star level, but he was not elite like a max player even then. His career high PER of 18.3 is that of a good player, but that is not even All-Star level. He hasn’t proven he can do it over time and stay healthy yet.

So how much to you pay for potential? How much is Gordon worth if not the four-year, $60 million deal? Or, maybe the better question is what does he think he’s worth? Don’t be shocked if the Hornets come in on the low end of the scale because even if he rejects it they can just let the market dictate his worth and match any offer.

But the Hornets may make some kind of offer.

  1. shaner329 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    He definitely doesn’t deserve the max contract, but there’s no denying how talented he is as a shooting gaurd.

    I think the major issue with determining his value is his health issues. He hasn’t played enough games this season to see how well he does fit with the team. Which may also benefit the Hornets as fewer teams will try to acquire a player who was sidelined most of a season.

    It’s hard to justify giving an extension to a player who has only played 2 games, and is expected to be out another 3 weeks. I would test his value on the market before offering him an outrageous extension.

  2. manwithpizza - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    No reason to rush into offering a contract. He is a restricted free agent. Let him play out the season and decide if you want to match his best offer later. If the alternative is giving a max deal now, there’s really no downside to waiting.

  3. glink123 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Good article. I agree with all of it. Time for Stern to put-up or shut-up. All of his rhetoric about voiding the Paul-to-Lakers trade so he could extract good, young talent will be very hollow if he loses said good young talent due to being cheap.

  4. bozosforall - Jan 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    I hope this entire mess blows up in little fat boy David Stern’s face. He should have let the original Chris Paul to the Lakers deal stand.

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