Report: Eric Gordon to Sign Max Contract with Suns

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJuly 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22:  Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Hornets scores on a layup against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Under all of the Dwight Howard mess, it seems as though free agent shooting guard Eric Gordon will be finding a new home in Phoenix.

It was originally reported by Paul Coro of azcentral.com that the Suns received a commitment from Gordon to sign a maximum level contract.

Now, it has been solidified by ESPN's Chris Broussard that the contract is worth $58 million over four years. The offer sheet is to be signed by Gordon on July 11th.

Gordon, who is just 23 years old, has emerged as a top shooting guard in the league.

Broussard also tweeted on the transaction with a quote from Gordon himself:

 

Eric Gordon told me this: "I strongly feel (the Suns) are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is.''

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 4, 2012

 

 

Gordon seems to be eager to join the Suns organization and will certainly be a key building block for their future.

This all being said, the New Orleans Hornets still have the chance to match the offer or decide if they want to do a sign-and-trade elsewhere.

However from the looks of it, Gordon wants out and wants to go to Phoenix.

Update: It was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports via twitter that Hornets plan on matching the offer:

 

Gordon was the key player in the Chris Paul deal and Hornets have long been resolved to match a max offer sheet and keep him.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2012

 

Whether he likes it or not, it looks like Gordon will be staying put in New Orleans.

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