Soon after drafting Kentucky big man Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets now seem to have another issue on hand. They are now at risk of losing the main piece in last year’s Chris Paul trade: Eric Gordon.
According to IAMAGM, the Phoenix Suns are “strongly considering” offering Eric Gordon a max deal to the tune of four years, $58 million. The Suns will probably lose point guard Steve Nash to free agency, and are apparently looking to replace him with another star player.
This being said, New Orleans has the last word in this matter.
Eric Gordon is a restricted free agent, meaning that the New Orleans Hornets have the ability to match any offer made to Gordon in order to keep him. The team has previously said that they plan on matching whatever offer to keep him on their team, but this could also possibly be a strategic move to defer teams from bidding.
Although he was injured for most of last season, Eric Gordon averaged over 22 points per game as a Clipper in 2010/2011. He is a little undersized as a shooting guard, but has the athleticism and ability to be one of the top in the league at his position.
It appears the Hornets would really like to pair rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers with Eric Gordon to form a core that can grow together and compete in the near future. For this to be the case, the Hornets might have to pay out some serious money.
Bloated contracts were one of the causes of last season’s lockouts, as the owners claimed they couldn’t make many with the heavy player salaries, such as those of Rashard Lewis and Gilbert Arenas. It appears the owners haven’t learned from their mistakes, as they continue to vastly overpay players such as Omer Asik, Gerald Wallace, and now maybe Eric Gordon.
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