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Anthony Davis who? Hornets’ Gordon going to test free agent market

May 31, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

Eric Gordon AP

Eric Gordon was the centerpiece of the guys coming back to New Orleans in the Chris Paul trade. Gordon has flown under the NBA radar somewhat, but he is the best young two-guard in the game and is a building block for the Hornets future.

So he has to be excited about New Orleans winning the Anthony Davis lottery. Right? Combine the improved team with Gordon coming off major knee surgery where he played just nine games last year and surely he wants to lock down a long-term deal with the Hornets, right?

Not so fast, he told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

But despite the news, Gordon still plans on exploring his options in free agency.

“Wherever I end up will be a good situation or I’m going to make it a good situation,” Gordon said.

Gordon made $3.1 million in the final year of his contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer. He turned down in January a four-year contract that would have paid him close to $50 million, league sources said.

The key word here is “restricted.” The Hornets can match any offer and pretty much will match any offer. Short of some other team offering a max deal he’ll be a Hornet.

Actually, he’ll be the veteran leader of the Hornets. And while they may not leapfrog up to the playoffs in the West, Davis and a healthy Gordon (plus the No. 10 pick overall) will make them a lot better and more interesting last season.

  1. nvandy42 - May 31, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Derrick Williams and #18 for Gordon’s rights to the twolves…..just sayin….

    • howiehandles - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:06 AM

      not even close

    • Deathmask - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      Coming from a Wolves fan, that move makes no sense for the Hornets. The plan is to draft Anthony Davis, why would they trade for another PF?

  2. buffalowned - May 31, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    If the hornets can nail that 10th pick with possibly a point guard and keep Eric Gordon, they will be a serious contender in a couple of Years

  3. leearmon - May 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    I like Gordon, but he’s not better than James Harden. Not even close.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:58 AM

      Gordon really didn’t play this season and Harden just broke out real nice like, but let’s not get all prisoner of the moment…Gordon is better.

      • leearmon - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:09 AM

        Not prisoner of the moment at all, especially considering Harden has been better than Gordon for more than this year. Ask yourself this question: Do you think the Thunder would trade Harden for Gordon? Or better yet, do you think the Hornets would reject an offer of Harden for Gordon? Exactly.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        Ok leearmon, we’ll talk same time, next year when the seasons over and we’ll see who was a better player between Harden and Gordon when they’ve both played around the same amount of games, barring major injuries.

    • howiehandles - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:08 AM

      Let’s also remember, Harden has had better players around him. That does make a bit of a difference.

  4. patfic15 - May 31, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    This is why the fool stayed out all last year. Sign and trade this guy.

    • howiehandles - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:09 AM

      That’s why he had knee surgery? To get an offer, which the team that he apparently doesn’t want to play for, can match.

      Some logic there.

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      He stayed out all last year because the hornets know he is awesome and they kept him out, hoping that he won’t prove he is worthy of a max contract. He is better than a lot of people think, and right up there with young talent like Harden and Love.

  5. packhawk04 - May 31, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Twolves fan just wondering why in the sam hell the hornets would trade gordon for williams and the #18 overall pick…

  6. rock9449 - May 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Kurt, honestly read your articles a healthy west? David west left and delonte west isn’t on the team shame on you.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      Western conference.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 1, 2012 at 7:23 AM

        lol, burn

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:41 AM

      Lol you are a munch

  7. bestcoastinfluence - May 31, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Gordon has as much talent as Harden, but he can’t stay healthy and it doesn’t really seem like he has that killer instinct like Harden and other top tier players.

  8. girouxhasladyballs - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    clippers did this man wrong. cheering in his face when he got traded. i hope their mediocrity continues and he has success wherever he goes. a lot of teams could use a 2

  9. 00maltliquor - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    So CP3 for a 10th pick is essentially what that trade boiled down to. Gordon’s gonna sign a huge contract NOH won’t want to match, Kaman’s walking, Al-Farouq Aminu…meh. So that was a better buisness decision then Martin, Scola, and Odom? Just asking…

    • howiehandles - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:11 AM

      They’ll match Gordon, unless they can work out a sign and trade. Kaman is mediocre. The one thing about the NBA, unlike other sports, is that you can go from bad to competitive very quickly, with some shrewd moves.

  10. fanz928 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    Harden can’t guard

  11. oms0004 - Jun 1, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    I heard some guy named Westbrook is playing like a 2. He is real good.

  12. BigBeachBall - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    5 – 6 million a year seems about right… he is capable of taking over 4th quarters in the regular season… that should be worth an extra few million a year at least….

    • philwauke - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      If he can stay healthy.

    • 6thsense79 - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      He already turned down a $50 million contract offer over 4 years. Why in the hell would he even consider a 5 or 6 million dollar a year contract?

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      5-6 Million?! Do you know how much players get paid in the NBA? Trust me this guy is better than Mike Miller

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