The Hornets now have 3 days to make a decision on Eric Gordon after he agreed to sign a max deal with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. The Hornets have planned all along to match any offer Gordon may receive but nobody could have anticipated the statements that were made by Gordon yesterday;
“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.”
Without those comments this process would be real simple, just match the offer and Eric Gordon stays a New Orleans Hornet for the next 4 years. But, Gordon just told Hornets staff, fans, teammates, and the rest of the world that he does not want to be in New Orleans. This is something that the fans will always remember and because of this I don’t think Eric Gordon will put on another Hornets uniform.
With that being said, the Hornets should still match the offer and retain the rights to Eric Gordon. The Hornets gave up entirely way too much in Chris Paul to just let Eric Gordon walk away and get absolutely nothing in return. Who knows, maybe the Hornets and Eric Gordon can work it out and get back on the same page and Gordon makes another public statement saying how much he loves New Orleans. If not, Eric Gordon is a great player, teams will be willing to trade for him. A lot of teams may not be willing to give up a lot for Gordon and his max contract but anything is better than nothing. I’m not saying go trade him for a 2nd round draft pick, but maybe a few first rounders and an above average role player.
The Hornets have a few options in this situation but they need to match Eric Gordon’s 4 year $58 million offer first.