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Suns offer Eric Gordon max deal, Hornets will match

Jul 4, 2012, 12:19 AM EDT

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The New Orleans Hornets were never going to let Eric Gordon go, the only question was how much it was going to cost to keep him.

The answer is a max deal, $58 million over four years.

Gordon, a restricted free agent, had been meeting with teams all over the map trying to find someone, anyone to give him a max deal. Because he wants to get paid. He found his partner in Phoenix. Gordon released a statement Tuesday night saying he was excited about becoming a Sun.

“After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible. Mr. Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks, the front office staff and Coach (Alvin) Gentry run a first-class organization, and I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is now,” Gordon said in his statement.

Not so fast, Suns fans.

The Hornets have the right to match any offer and they want badly to pair Gordon with No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis. And they will, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

The New Orleans Hornets will match the 4-year, $58 million offer sheet Eric Gordon agreed to sign with Phoenix, league source tells Y!

So while nobody can sign anything until July 11, we now know how the Eric Gordon saga will play out. He’s staying in the Big Easy.

With Gordon, Davis and young players like No. 10 pick Austin Rivers the Hornets are starting to build the foundation of a future contender. There is a long way to go still, but it would have been a much longer road without Gordon, arguably the best young shooting guard in the game.

  1. kinggw - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Talk about an exercise in futility.

    • tbone1024 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Hey good one Peter Vecesy, or did he copy you with that statement?

  2. 69jaredallen69 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    If Gordon wanted out his best bet was sign one year tender and become unrestricted next year. Had to know Hornets were matching anything

    • saint1997 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      yeah he must have known which means the only reason for doing that was just so he could get paid. Why didn’t the hornets just offer him a max contract anyway though?

    • pudgalvin - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      Doesn’t seem as if he wanted out though. He just wanted a max deal.

  3. dcdebacle - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    pardon my ignorance, but does he have to sign with the hornets? couldn’t he just choose to sign with phoenix?

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      It’s all good bro, I’ll help you out…

      He’s a *key word* “restricted” free agent. What that means is that if he gets an offer from another team, like PHX, his current club has the right to match their offer and retain his services as long as they match the offer within, I think, 7 days. An “unrestricted” free agent has no ties to his old club and can sign where he wants without worry of a match offer because he has no restrictions.

      If EG REALLY wanted to dip from NOLA, as 69jaredallen69 stated above, he would sign a one year tender to either drive off his former team or at worst only be there for one year. Only problem is is that players are freaked out by being unsecure. For EG to do this scenario 2 things would have to happen:

      1) He would have to ball out again next year to warrant a max contract …again.
      2) He can’t “Greg Oden” himself into obscurity. Meaning, he can’t have a career threatining injury.

      200% of players will not like to go that route. They want to cash out while the getting is good.

  4. dvic13 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    He’s not an unrestricted free agent do Hornets can match.
    Kurt just being funny about that best young shooting guard crap now. Unnecessary add on at the end there.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:04 AM

      You’re outside of your mind if you’re saying Eric Gordon I’SNT the best *young* two gaurd out there in the L. If not, who is? James Harden is debatable, but at the end of the day EG got one leg up on The Beard. I could care less if Harden’s the flavor of the year, he’s lucky Eric was hurt all season. Kobe an D Wade are in their 30’s, hence can’t be ”young”. So really, how is this a stretch?

      • therealhtj - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        I’d take Harden over Gordon. All day. Every day. More reliable. Better defender. Better moves to the basket. Not as good a pure shooter, but still an excellent 3 point shot.

        OKC’s hopes of getting him below max just got crushed. It’s why they were looking to move him for that #2 pick – Money. Can’t afford 3 max deals.

  5. storebrandcookies - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    I hate this unrestricted free agent crap. Making low market teams pay extra to keep a player. Plus my theory is that you never ever give an injury prone player a max contract.

    • herkulease - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      Restricted Free Agency has its pros and cons for both sides.

      For the player movement is restricted if team matches. However if he secretly wanted to stay anyways, its a way to get more money than his current team was willing to offer.

      For the teams they can sometimes be screwed and forced to over pay for guys. But they benefit in being able to keep stars and hopefully build a contender. Especially small market teams.

      As for your theory, if the Hornets don’t want to pay max money for an injury prone Gordon then they don’t have to match, let him be the Suns problem

  6. terrellblowens - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    How many more injury riddled seasons does he need to turn in before we stop calling him “arguably the best young shooting guard in the game?”

  7. patfic15 - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    As a Hornets fan, I breathe no easier. Injuries have been a plenty for this young man. Best young shooting guard? I don’t know about that. If his heart is elsewhere, see what you could get with a sign and trade. CP3 situation 2.0

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    This isn’t a diss to Eric Gordon but, why does it seem like EVERYBODY that is remotely good getting a max contract these days? And hey owners,…remind me what that lockout last year was about again???

  9. dvic13 - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Don’t you have to play to be considered the best? Lucky he’s hurt? That’s his problem.

  10. btwicey - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    Clearly sounds like he wants to be in NOLA… Cough

  11. imforbigblue - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Gordon is not worth a max deal and when he misses 20 plus games next year with some kind of injury NO will be kicking there selfs because rivers will be starting

  12. southbeachtalent - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    And that is how bad franchises stay bad.. Max contract? Eric Gordon? Granted he is a good 2, but not even close to max deal good..

  13. mungman69 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    IF: Eric stays healthy! I hope he can play the whole year, Hornets will be fun to watch.

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