Hornets' Demps yet to hear from NBA about Gordon, Phoenix contract

Hornets' Demps yet to hear from NBA about Gordon, Phoenix contract

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New Orleans Hornets' Eric Gordon reacts after making the game-winning shot against the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in Phoenix. The Hornets won 85-84. Gordon came to New Orleans in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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Posted on July 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

WESTWEGO, La. – The Eric Gordon saga continued on its path of confusion Wednesday with the Hornets general manager preferring not to comment and the head coach saying the truth will come out soon enough.

Gordon, a restricted free agent, has agreed to sign a contract with the Suns, saying his heart is in Phoenix.

However, as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the first day free agents could sign, Hornets general manager Dell Demps said he had yet to receive an offer sheet notifying him that Gordon had indeed signed with the Suns.

Other than that, Demps remained quiet on a situation that quickly is becoming a mirror of the Chris Paul situation prior to this past season.

“I don’t want to comment on that right now,” Demps said. “When a time is appropriate, I’ll make remarks on it. But today is not that time.”

Monty Williams, however, doesn’t appear to have fully bought into Gordon’s statements that Phoenix is where he wants to be as opposed to New Orleans.

“I just think when you’re going through free agency and you’re talking about that kind of money, certain things are said and felt,” Williams said. “But I think when the dust settles, you’ll hear more of the truth about where he wants to be.”

The statements came as the Hornets announced the sign and trade that netted them forward Ryan Anderson, a sharp-shooting big man.

In introducing Anderson, Williams said the franchise was looking for players who were interested in being in New Orleans. Anderson, whom the Hornets got from Orlando in a sign-and-trade that sent Gustavo Ayon to the Magic, fit that bill.

When asked whether that was a contradiction to Gordon’s situation, Williams said not at all.

“I think Eric is just in a weird situation right now,” Williams said. “I’ve told you guys from Day 1 with him, he has always talked about being here. And then all of this stuff has come out of the blue. It’s not a contradiction.”

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