All these NBA trades are making us dizzy, but here’s yet another. One of the biggest over the past couple days is New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon’s offer from the Phoenix Suns.
According to ESPN.com, Gordon and the Suns have agreed to terms on a maximum-salaried contract worth $58 million over four years. The star guard will sign the offer sheet on July 11th, but the Hornets have a chance to match the offer and keep him in the NOLA.
Gordan hopes the Hornets let him go, though. He said earlier in the week, he prefers the Suns after visiting with the organization.
“After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible,” Gordon said in a statement. “Mr. (Robert) 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’s desire to leave puts a damper on a terrific week for the Hornets. Last week, they selected Anthony Davis with the #1 pick in the draft and guard Austin Rivers at #10. Playing alongside a prolific scorer/shooter such as Gordon would’ve been great for both rookies. The assumption was that Gordon and the two rookies would lead the Hornets back to relevance.
There’s still a chance. We’ll all have to wait until the day after July 11 to see if New Orleans matches. Stay tuned…
Another big move over the past 24 hours comes from Miami. The Heat has reached an agreement with the legendary Ray Allen to bring the shooting guard to South Beach.
According to ESPN.com, it’s believed Allen will accept the Heat’s mid-level exception that starts at $3.09 million and could be worth a maximum of $9.5 million over three seasons. However, nothing has been confirmed, as of press time.
“#HeatNation please welcome our newest teammate Ray Allen #Wow #JesusShuttlesworth,” LeBron James tweeted (@KingJames) Friday night (July 6).
Boston, where Allen had played for the past five seasons and won a championship in 2008, had offered Allen a two-year deal at double the salary for $12 million plus a no-trade clause. Apparently, Allen feels he has a better shot at one more title with the Heat.
Elsewhere around the league, the Philadelphia 76ers are set to release former All-Star Elton Brand under the league’s amnesty clause, according to sources.
The move comes on the heels of news that the Sixers will sign free-agent guard Nick Young, as well as re-up with center Spencer Hawes. The Dallas Mavericks are one team expected to claim Brand through the waiver process.
The Toronto Raptors have reached a verbal agreement with New York Knicks restricted free agent Landry Fields on an offer sheet, in a three-year offer approaching $20 million.
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has received a four-year, $58 million contract offer from the Portland Trail Blazers, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. Indie hasn’t offered the 7-footer the max, and word is, he’s leaning toward the Blazers.