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Eric Gordon rejects contract extension from Hornets

Jan 26, 2012, 12:29 AM EDT

Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman AP

David Stern gave the Hornets brass the freedom to try and reach a deal with Eric Gordon, a four-year extension of his rookie deal.

But whatever the money he approved was not enough, and he rejected a contract extension offer from the Hornets, reports the Associated Press. We don’t know what the offer was, so we don’t know if the Hornets lowballed him or Gordon has an inflated sense of his worth. Maybe a little of both.

This is not a bad play by the Hornets in one sense — Gordon is a very talented player who, if he can get and stay healthy, could develop into one of the best shooting guards in the game. (He has played only two games this season and is not expected back for three more weeks.) But how much do you pay for potential?

The problem is that there are teams that will make a big run at Gordon and his potential this summer. Yahoo’s Marc Spears mentions Indiana — Gordon’s home — but he is going to get healthy offers from a few teams.

Letting the market set his price is a good move — if the Hornets will match. But with the league owning the team and no end to that in sight, it’s hard to say if they can or will match a big offer. Then they would lose the centerpiece of the Chris Paul trade.

Gordon is going to be one to watch this summer when free agency hits.

  1. glink123 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    This simply proves that Stern is a fawking liar.

  2. glink123 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Stern is a liar.

  3. donttazemebro - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Say hello to your Kansas City Hornets.Stern is doing all he can to get that team out of New Orleans.

  4. noirad - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    With the talent in New Orleans you honestly think he would stay after being traded from an young and upcoming team?

  5. alimog70 - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Sale will be done to a local group within 2 months. You can bank on that.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    That would be monsterous if he signed with Indiana and went back home.

  7. hoytdadd64 - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    “But how much do you pay for potential?” It’s funny question to ask now, when the trade for Paul went down people were saying it was a better deal based on Gordan’s potential. Now it’s pay the man time and we’re not sure how much to pay for said potential? If Gordan doesn’t become at least a top 10 pg in this league you’ve already paid too much. If he doesn’t resign, you really paid too much. But hay, nobody cares how the sausage is made, until they bight into a rats tail!!!!

    • dexterismyhero - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      His name is Gordon, not Gordan.

      It is Hey and not Hay.

      And Bite not bight..

      Hope you were just being sarcastic.

      As the article stated he is a shooting guard and not really a PG.

      It would be neat to see him end up back in Indiana with George Hill though.

      • sshameless - Jan 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM

        Take your grammar dress off. There are millions of spelling errors on the internet. Get out there and get busy, you have alot of correcting you are falling behind on.

  8. minnesotablizzard - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Love-Rubio-Gordon. Sprinkle in some Derrick Williams and you have yourself something special.

    • starmenace - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Would be nice for him to go to the Wolves to play with Rubio and Love but I don’t see the Wolves paying for him to go there. I think Gordon to Indy to go back home would be better fit and more likely.

  9. cakemixa - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Why would NO over pay now and give him a max deal? Let someone offer him that first, and then match it. There is no risk of losing a RFA by not overpaying in January. Best case scenario: no one offers him the max, and NO just matches the best offer. Worst case scenario: someone offers max and NO matches.

  10. gmsalpha - Jan 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    The only real way to make heads or tails of this situation is to find out what the offer was. Not to mention, who wants to play for the league-owned Hornets? Especially a guy who was promised he wouldn’t be traded. Either 1) Eric Gordon has an inflated perception of his worth and rejected a good deal, 2) He was lowballed and rejected the deal, or 3) He simply doesn’t want to play in New Orleans, no matter the offer.

  11. xli2006 - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Gordon will not resign in New Orleans. Given their current ownership/front office situation he will either get traded before the deadline or ride out this year and enter the Free Agency Market.

  12. stadix093 - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    At first I thought Stern hated the Lakers, now I see he hates the Hornets. It all makes sense now.

  13. glink123 - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    no. “Worst case scenario: he rejects all offers and plays under a one-year qualifying offer next year”. Then he’d be an UNrestrictred free agent in 18 months.

  14. shockexchange - Jan 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I take it he has a “list” of teams he would be willing to play for like Dwight Howard.

  15. fatcatt - Jan 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    You all are forgetting this kid hasnt been able to stay on the court since he came into the league..Why offer him that type of money if he cant even play 60 games a year..You all are way off..”and one of the best SG in the league” writer? Not hard to do..Thats because there are only 3-4 good ones in the whole league right now. After Kobe and Wade the drop off is steep. And teams arent going to pay him a ton of money if he only plays a handful of games this season. This kid is fragile and labeled already in his young career and shows very little heart. Whatever the offer was he declined, NO was right in offering him what they did. Let someone else baby him. Thats exactly how teams end up the way they do by overpaying and not getting return on their investment. Kudos David Stern ( for once)

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