A year ago, Eric Gordon was free agent priority number one for the then-New Orleans Hornets. He did not think so. He wanted out of the Crescent City and signed an offer sheet with Phoenix, warning New Orleans he did not want to return.
The Hornets and Dell Demps ignored that request and matched the Suns' offer, retaining the restricted free agent. Gordon was a bit unhappy, but with a fat, four-year $58.4 million contract, who could complain?
Gordon averaged 17.0 points per game, playing 42 games for the Hornets this year as he recouped form nagging knee injury that knocked him out for most of the 2012 season and half of this past season.
In many ways, Gordon was a professional and played out the season without incident. In other ways, you could sense the discomfort and anger from Gordon (particularly early in the season) that he was still in New Orleans. Some, including Hornets coach Monty Williams, questioned whether Gordon was actually injured to the point where he...