Despite publicly stating that he hoped he’d end up in Arizona to playing for the Suns next season, the New Orleans Hornets officially matched Phoenix’s four-year, $58 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Eric Gordon, keeping the guard in the NOLA.
According to ESPN.com, the Hornets made the announcement Saturday afternoon (July 14), as many expected they would.
Gordon, however, has said in recent days that he would hope the team would let him go, but, now that the NOLA is clearly his home for the next several years, he plans to give his all to ensure he and the organization are successful.
“There is always a business element to the NBA when dealing with contracts, but I never lost my appreciation for the New Orleans fans,” Gordon said in a statement released by the team. “I look forward to giving my very best on the court this season to make our team successful.”
“Eric is a phenomenal player that we are thrilled to have in our organization,” added Hornets general manager Dell Demps.
With Gordon’s return, the Hornets’ chances next season look good. Pairing him alongside #1 2012 draft pick Anthony Davis and #10 draft pick Austin Rivers, gives the organization a real chance to make some noise in the upcoming season. So, stay tuned…
ESPN says the Suns are likely to pursure free agents O.J. Mayo and Courtney Lee to pair with point guard Goran Dragic.
Gordon was limited to nine games last season because of a bruised right knee that required minor surgery. However, he averaged a team-high 20.6 points, and New Orleans was 6-3 when he played.
In four NBA seasons, he’s never averaged less than the 16.1 points per game he scored as a rookie. In his third season, he averaged 22.3 points in 56 games with the Clippers.