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Report: Hornets will match any offer for Eric Gordon

Jun 23, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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One of the ways people found to discredit the Hornets’ trade of Chris Paul to the Clippers (as opposed to trading him to the Lakers for three old guys, one of whom is a space cadet) was the question of Eric Gordon‘s free agency. Either he wasn’t good enough as a return trade piece, or if he was, the Hornets wouldn’t be able to keep him in restricted free agency. Which is a little nuts.

First off, players, especially stars, almost always re-sign with their team coming off their rookie contract. The money and years is pivotal for establishing the raise structure and financial security. It’s just what’s done. It’s exceptionally rare that a quality player with significant money on the table walks away from the extra year and raise structure he gets from re-signing.

Second, the Hornets have the ability to match in restricted free agency. From there it just comes down to whether his injury history indicates that there would be a reason not to match. The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that that amount is apparently “more money than anything, ever” and that anything below that, the Hornets are matching and keeping the shooting guard.

But all indications point toward the Hornets making a concerted effort to re-sign their restricted free agent, shooting guard Eric Gordon.

New Orleans appears ready to match any offer Gordon might get on the open market, even if means extending him a maximum-money contract of five years worth $80 million.

via Trade gives New Orleans Hornets salary cap room for free-agent shopping | NOLA.com.

Honestly, given his injury history and everyone’s assurance that the Hornets will match, especially after clearing off that dead weight from their cap in the trade with Washington (thanks, Wiz! Enjoy Trevor Ariza‘s 3-point percentage!), it’s likely that the Hornets get a break on him. They may not have to put the full max down for him. If so, great. If not, they’ve got a star shooting guard to pair with Anthony Davis and whoever they get with the No. 10.

That’s a foundation you can build on. This isn’t rocket science. It’s nice to talk about Indiana or whatever, but the most likely scenario in all circumstances is Gordon playing in the green and gold next year. He’s not going anywhere.

  1. imforbigblue - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    He is not worth any where near a max contract and if they give it to him there morons

  2. spellingcopfather - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Teams sign players to Max deal every year, then look for a sucker to trade them to a few years later!!!

  3. readysethike - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Boston…plz make a move

  4. rickyspanish - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Free Eric Gordon! I hate restricted free agents, let the man play where he wants.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      You must also hate the draft. Lets just have everyone choose where they go out of college, probably their hometown team. The Sixers would be amazing then.

  5. imforbigblue - Jun 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Better be glad Kentucky doesn’t have a NBA team then lol

    • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 23, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Well they do have a pro team, just not one that plays in the NBA. And they all get max contracts there.

  6. zblott - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I guess this makes sense since he’s shown almost no improvement at all from season to season, his shooting %’s are nothing special and were all career highs when he was a rookie (huh?), and he’s been hurt many times over the past 3 years.

    Definitely spend a lot on this guy – no way it could ever bite you in the butt.

  7. icewinna0 - Jun 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Hornets need this guy. Without him they will have no scoring or go to guy. Hornets will have losing record even with Davis. It’ll take a while to get these guys back to playoff level

  8. fanz928 - Jun 23, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Dude average over 20 a game and shooting over 40 something percent he is what we called a allstar or max player

  9. rezburna - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    The Hornets would have been fighting for the 8th seed with Eric Gordon healthy last year. They easily had a winning record in all the games Eric Gordon played in. They’re most definitely a playoff team this year with everyone healthy. They’ve cleared up plenty of cap room, and I’m pretty sure there will be a couple of free agents willing to come down to New Orleans and play with Davis and Gordon. I could also see the Hornets trading the 10th pick for Luol Deng. A Davis, Deng, and Gordon lineup is a pretty good core to build around.

  10. wjmoffatt - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Let Eric Gordon go! Would love to see him back in Indy!

    • metalhead65 - Jun 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      yea nothing like wrecking what Larry has built by over paying a injury prone player just because he is from Indiana. he would probably pull a muscle signing the contract if they did get him.

  11. redstar504 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    The Hornets or whatever we are going to call ourselves need this guy. They were a lot better than their record last season and when Gordon was in the line up they posted a winning record.

    Keeping him is key and it would be great if we could hold on to Kamen while we are at it.

    I am really excited with the direction the Hornets are headed in. They have a bright young coach and GM, going to get Anthony Davis, hopefully keep Gordon at a decent cap number, have ample cap space to allow Dell Demps to make a move or two and the 10 overall pick is just an added bonus.

    I don’t think we get back in the playoffs next season but the Hornets are setting themselves up nicely to make some noise in the near future. Post CP3 life ain’t bad at all.

  12. smarterthanyou7 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    you guys are all morons. someone will offer him a max contract just to make the hornets match it. by them basically telling everyone they will match anything is reason for every other team to drive up the price

  13. scalfor3 - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    gordon is a really solid #2, but your not winning anything if he’s the focal point of your offense. don’t bust your salary cap to keep him

  14. dysraw1 - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    yo always luv EG.s game whatever happens i wish him the best.

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