Restricted free agent Eric Gordon has a number of reasons to stay with the New Orleans Hornets—but the most important reason is the Hornets are allowed to retain Gordon by matching any offers he receives from other clubs.
One would think Gordon would also be persuaded by the opportunity to play with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, a selection most presume will be used on Kentucky's Anthony Davis.
The Hornets also have the No. 10 pick in the draft, ensuring that the franchise will walk away with two premium prospects on draft day.
But according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Gordon isn't shying away from the opportunity to kick the tires on teams looking to add a star shooting guard. If nothing else, the 23-year-old can leverage his suitors' interest into getting the best possible deal from the Hornets.
If Gordon is too expensive, perhaps New Orleans will balk at the asking price. The News-Herald's Bob Finnan speculates about one of the more compelling scenarios:
There was some talk about Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon getting a max offer this summer, possibly from Indiana. That might be far-fetched because he's had issues with his knees for two consecutive years. Don't rule out a possible sign-and-trade, however, with Gordon going to the Pacers and forward Danny Granger going to New Orleans. Both teams are under the cap this summer. In that scenario, the Pacers could move Paul George to small forward, which might be his natural position.
The Indiana Pacers and at least four other teams have the cap space and need for a guy like Gordon. Here is a look at the clubs most likely to be his principal suitors.