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Multiple sources confirm Hornets to match offer, keep Gordon

Jul 5, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

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We told you this the night that the Suns made their max offer to Eric Gordon:

There is no way the Hornets were letting him go. While Gordon issued a statement — a plea really — saying he wanted to go to Phoenix it was clear New Orleans would match the Gordon offer and keep him

Now multiple sources are confirming this, including David Aldridge at NBA.com.

It’s simple. The Hornets have in Gordon maybe the best young two guard in the league. Their rebuild efforts got a huge boost when they landed Anthony Davis in the draft, but Gordon was always part of it.

Gordon is on the ground floor of something that could be very special in the Big Easy. There is a lot of work to do to build and grow that team (both from players and management) but they have the player foundation to make it work now.

And Gordon is part of that. No way they would let him walk at any price.

  1. cakemixa - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I don’t even get why Gotdon would want to go to the Suns over the Hornets. Look at where both franchises are likely headed the next few years. Hopefully New Orleans’ $58 million can help mend his broken heart that’ll be in Phoenix.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Was all about contract leverage. Gordon’s ‘plea’ was just to ensure that he’d get a max contract.

      The NBA has become interesting – Toronto’s offer to Landry Fields probably screwed the Knick’s chances at landing Nash, the offer to Hibbert will force the Pacers to give him a bigger deal than they wanted, etc.

      GM’s are using the new salary cap system to screw other teams over. What’s the worst that can happen to Phoenix? Either they land a cornerstone player, or force a conference rival to spend more money on their own players, limiting their flexibility in the future. They knew New Orleans would match the offer.

      Why not? It adds a little more fun to the game.

  2. lakerluver - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Why would he not want to play with Anthony Davis and build something special in N.O.?

    • saint1997 - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      He probably does but just wants to get PAID! He could still do something in PHX with Dragic and Beasley if he went though

  3. coalnation - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    gordon and the unibrow the gruesome twosome.

  4. philtration - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Now move the Hornets to Seattle, change their name to the Supersonics and be done with New Orleans as an NBA city once and for all.

    You can rename the team in Charlotte the Hornets again and pretend that the Bobcats mess never happened.

    • adzs - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      New Lease signed, New local owner installed, all following league intervention to keep the team in NO….but its good to dream i guess would be unhealthy for you to wollow in your own sorrow lool

      • philtration - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        What sorrow is that?
        I don’t live in Seattle, New Orleans or Charlotte and don’t give a damn about any one of those teams.
        Are you another one of those losers that keeps milking the hurricane thing for pity while making no effort to clean up the mess it left behind years later?

      • adzs - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        When did i mention hurricane katrina? really strange comment to make to be honest; Also for the record you’re speaking to a 17yo from England so that comment doesn’t reflect very well on you considering it was completely unprovoked and thoughtless…well done big boy (Y) lool

    • pmd5319 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      Ok, philtard, I guess that the Pacers, Pistons, Kings and Bucks should all move too. They all had a lower attendence average than the Hornets. And if you go by percentage to capacity, they were 16th in the league. For a team that went 21-55, that’s pretty good. I’m hoping you were just trying to stir the pot to get some reaction. No way you’re that dumb, although you might be after reading the Katrina comment.

  5. effymaister06 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Its all a stunt by Gordons agent, and frankly I think he’s an idiot because everyone already knew the Hornets wanted to match any offer, so to release a statement that seems like a slap in the face to Hornets fans and the city of New Orleans was pretty damn stupid.

  6. dvic13 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I see we have added a “maybe”. I called that progress…lol

  7. 49erminer4life - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    So what was the lockout/condensed season for. There still doing eddy curry type deals minus a few years. Gordon deserves at least close to the max. But all these backloaded deals and stupid offers makes me wonder why the owners put up the fight they did just to let there gms drive up a players I.e. omer asik

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