Eric Gordon and the Phoenix Suns agree to a Maximum Offer sheet worth $58 million over 4 years, sources said.
Eric Gordon told me this: "I strongly feel (the Suns) are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is.''
-from Chris Broussard's Twitter
My boy... So happy for him and his dad, mom, little brothers. People say he's not worth the max, but the Suns believe he is and so does he.
I like the fit with the Suns, plus they have a medical staff that'll keep his body right.
Now, the ball is in the Hornets' court. They said they'll match any offer. We'll let's see what they do.
I left my comment typed for about 10 minutes before posting then saw you posted a similar comment , oh well repeat.
That's a lot of money to invest in a guy that has had an injury prone career
The injury issues might be part of the reason he wants to be in Phoenix. Their medical staff has the strongest positive reputation in the entire league. Look at what they have done for older guys like Nash , Shaq , and Grant Hill recently.
The New Orleans Hornets will match the 4-year, $58 million offer sheet Eric Gordon agreed to sign with Phoenix, league source tells Y!
This is going to be interesting... Gordon made some strong comments:
New Orleans has claimed all along that it will match any offer Gordon receives, but Gordon is hoping the Hornets do not match.
Gordon said Tuesday night that his preference is to play for the Suns, not the Hornets.
"After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible," Gordon told ESPN.com. "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."
I may get negged for this question, but even if the Hornets match Phoenix's offer, why can't Eric Gordon still decline it and choose to sign Phoenix's offer instead?
It's called Restricted free agency for a reason. He can't just go anywhere he wants and I don't understand why he made all those comments when it's pretty certain New Orleans is going to match that offer.
So basically, if you're a restricted free agent and your original team matches another team's offer, you can only sign with your original team?
That is right Broken. As long as your current team can show that they matched or exceed the other teams offer, you have to go with your current team (or not play, no one can force you to sign any contract). The NBA owners may be business men but they sure don't want capitalism and a free market to show up in their league anymore than is has to.
Don't neg the dude for not knowing how restricted free agency works. Come on.
Eric Gordan is a fool if he turns down the hornets matching offer
To be apart of a potential championship contending team year in and out WOWww
Have fun being at the bottom of the west
Gordan and Gortat does have a nice ring to it though ahahahhah
how did his heart end up in Phoenix?
Is this no different than Hibbert with Portland?
There are reports that Hibbert feels similar about Portland and it's all due to the fact Indiana tried to low ball him and the Blazers laid out the red carpet for him.
It's all about feeling welcomed and the Suns made Gordon feel that, plus they gave him a max offer. That says A LOT.
I didnt hear that Indy did that to Hibbert....but at the same time, I have heard nothing out of N.O. except "Eric is our best player" and "we want him here, we are going to do everything we can to keep him" and "we expect him to be here".
Now of course another team courting him for his services is gonna really get romantic. I just didnt see how his heart was in Phoenix all of a sudden. However, I will say, I thought he left his heart in Los Angeles and perhaps it was never in New Orleans.
He turns down NewOrleans max offer and finishes his original contract. Then next year he becomes an unrestricted free agent. I see a few good reasons for Gordon becoming a Sun. Better City, better medical staff, team with actual pieces to a good team. I'm sorry but two rookies with "potential" is not closer to a being a contender. If the Suns get a veteran point guard, lets say Goran Dragic, a decent small forward and a high draft pick this next coming year the Suns will rise as they say. Then if Gordon becomes a free agent the Suns are his team. NewOrleans will still be NewOrleans(voodoo mumbo jumbo and all that jazz).
once he signs PHX's offer sheet NOH can match.. thus the term "restricted" 1st right of refusal belongs to the original team for players coming of a rookie contract.. if he really wants to leave NOH, decline PHX's offer.. sign a qualifying contract w/ NOH then just leave next season as an unrestricted Free Agent.. no way NOH doesn't match this.. they have plenty of cap.. & no players..
I hope the Hornets let him go and try and get something from the Suns in return; either Gortat or Lopez would be nice after they traded Okafor and seemingly have Ayon as their starting C (no word on what Kaman is doing).
As much as it would suck for the Hornets, it could be a blessing in disguise; Rivers would be able to play the role he's always wanted as 1st option on the perimeter, Xavier Henry would get more minutes at the 2, and we'd get to see Gordon actually playing if Phoenix's medical staff is all they are cracked up to be.
Restricted free agency bugs me a little though, I just wish guys would be patient and see out their contracts if they really want to escape.
$58 over 4 yrs = $14.5 mill per year.
Deron and other all-stars got approx $100 over 5 = $20 mill per year.
So I would say that is fair market money, if he was so injury prone he might have got around that $20mill per yr...
Wow, sick. Marshall and Gordon is going to be a great backcourt for the future, and Morris and Gortat are nice pieces too. Things looking up for Phoenix!
Also the Suns could just be driving up the price for Gordon. If the Hornets match the Suns offer it ties up NO funds making NO less of a player and the Suns a huge player for next years big free agency crop.
Eric Gordon will be the best SG in the league in a couple seasons if he lands in Phoenix where he can be the go-to option in a well-balanced, up-tempo offensive system. Eric Gordon's my favorite player, so I'll be a fan of wherever he winds up playing, but, at this point, I'd definitely love to see him in Phoenix. The medical staff, offensive system, and lack of an established star (assuming Nash doesn't return) makes Phoenix the perfect place for EJ to realize his full potential. Let him go, New Orleans! Phoenix "is just where [his] heart is now", so this looks like a perfet marriage. I hope the Hornets don't rush the altar and break it all up.
"if Phoenix's medical staff is all they are cracked up to be
Doubt it ?
Mofo d'antoni played for years a 7 mens rotation, shaq was a P.O.S before and after, co MVP of the ASG at 37 YO, 18-8 in reg, best microfracture surgery rehab in the history of the game, a name ?, hill put some career numbers at ages 37-38, missed games only cause of an appendicitis, nash double doubles for ever, redd last year coming strong at the end....others.
I wonder if he though NO was going in a different direction with Austin Rivers? That would be shocking if Gordon thought that Rivers was a threat.
As for me, after these words, the Hornets should use sign and trade and let him go to the Suns. I dont see why to leave him. They have an ideal replacement for him already so I think that now the Hornets and the Suns should make a deal. Maybe Gortat + Marshall + Childress for Gordon to make the money work? With Rivers on the roster, for me, the Hornets would be a better team with Marshall and Gortat in the s5 than they would be with Gordon.
no way the suns include marshall and gortat in a deal for Eric Gordon. they dont need to match salaries because they're under the cap enough to sign him without having a S&T with the hornets. they can have channing frye, josh chilldress or warrick if they want, doubt they do though.