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Report: Suns prepping large offer for Hornets’ Eric Gordon

Jun 30, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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It sounds like Eric Gordon is going to get paid.

Likely he gets that money to stay and play in New Orleans, but the restricted free agent who may be the best young two guard in the league will get his money.

The Suns want a two guard and are looking to make a big offer for him, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.

The Suns have $23 million in salary-cap space but are trying to retain space for other pursuits, which appears to include a large offer to restricted free agent Eric Gordon. New Orleans traded Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza this week to create more salary-cap space, and new owner Tom Benson is expected to want to match an offer for the shooting guard. Gordon could command at least $12 million annually.

Everyone knows the Hornets will almost certainly match this offer. After having just drafted Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, the Hornets with Gordon become a young team to watch. They have the foundation now to build something special on.

But that comes with a cost. Gordon will be the first of the big checks the Hornets have to write, and Phoenix (plus some other teams poking around) are going to make sure they have to write it.

  1. dvic13 - Jun 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I really wish you would stop calling him the “best young shooting guard” in the league. He hasn’t come close to playing a full season in about 3 years. Did he even play this year? How about best young underachieving shooting guard?

    • musilly - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      I agree — it seems like every Gordon article here calls him the best young SG in the game. That title is James Harden’s, despite his poor Finals performance. Harden is better now than Gordon ever was, even when he was healthy.

  2. bparmalee - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Tom Bensen is expected to match?? The same Tom Bensen that’s playing hard ball with Drew Brees??? The same Tom Bensen that didn’t want to bring in Bill Parcells for this season because he didn’t want to cut an additional check??? If the Suns make a strong offer to Eric Gordon I think they will end up with him. I’m not saying that’s a good thing. I’m just saying that anytime I can bet against Tom Bensen spending money I like my chances.

    • nowillrepeat - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      You listen to idiots like David Aldridge too much.

      Tom Benson is one of the richest men in america and owns two professional sports franchises. The Saints alone are worth more than a billion dollars.

      Brees’ contract is more about the NFL’s salary cap than the actual money itself. The Saints have been in the top ten in payrole for several years and are currently top 5. Get a clue. Brees will get him money.

      EG wont be going anywhere, unless for a sign and trade.

      • bparmalee - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        In a few years…. 4-5… when Tom Bensen sells the Hornets (or whatever they are called then) to a group from Anaheim or Seattle then we will see. He only bought the Hornets to turn them around sell them for a slight profit. If he had wanted this team he could have bid at any time. The NBA didn’t want to be seen as carpetbaggers scooping up the Hornets and sending them to a bigger market. So Tom Bensen stepped in. I see him as a middle man… nothing more. The Saints are an estimated 965 million by the way and that’s good for 21st in the NFL behind the Browns, Bucs and Chiefs. Tom Bensen is a business man and he has no great love for basketball.

  3. mrlaloosh - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    True DAT! He only played in NINE games this year! 9 !!!!

  4. fanz928 - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Well Allen Kobe is old wade is an attack guard and last time I check he’s better than any shooting guard in the clippers and younger

  5. robertb655 - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Dude sucks. Shoots a below average 3, was not good in college, no mov
    es to the basket. Why is everyone still so high on this guy???

  6. dalucks - Jun 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Advantage Eric Gordon, the other teams will drive up the asking price from 12 million to 15 million dollars. He could wait a year and become unrestricted but if he can get 15 million a year then he has to go for it. Plus, Jarrett Jack is the point guard and Austin Rivers is a shooting guard so they knew they were not going to resign Eric Gordon.

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