Update: Saturday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
ESPN's Marc Stein has reported via Twitter that the New Orleans Hornets have officially matched the Phoenix Suns' offer for Eric Gordon.
Just going out online and via SportsCenter: Suns officially notified that Hornets have matched four-year, $58M offer sheet to Eric Gordon— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2012
The deal has been expected for some time now, but now it is set in stone that Gordon will be back in New Orleans.
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John Reid of the Times Picayune reports that the Hornets, as expected, will match the four-year, $58 million deal offered by Phoenix. As noted by Reid, Gordon signed the offer sheet on July 11, and the Hornets will officially retain their star today, before the 72-hour deadline arrives.
Gordon showed All-Star potential during his time with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 22.3 points per game during the 2010-11 season. But his first year in New Orleans was marred by injuries, and he appeared in just nine games.
Earlier this summer, he said, "(If the Hornets match) as of right now, I'd be disappointed," via Jimmy Smith of the Times Picayune.
Gordon will have some talent surrounding him, as the Hornets acquired power forward Ryan Anderson in a sign-and-trade with the Orlando Magic, in addition to drafting Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.
Should the Hornets have matched the offer, even though Gordon did not want them to?
But the team also sent Jarrett Jack to the Golden State Warriors, which likely means Rivers will be the primary point guard when the season starts.
The team’s decision to draft Rivers did not sit well with Gordon, according to Reid’s report. He is understandably concerned about playing with a PG who averaged more turnovers (2.3) than assists (2.1) in college.
But after all the dust settles from this offseason, Gordon will be paired with Davis—one of the top young talents in basketball—and a few wins will help mend all wounds.