NEW ORLEANS – The Hornets have decided to match the rich offer made to restricted free agent guard Eric Gordon by the Phoenix Suns.
The offer from the Suns was said to be for 4 years and $58 million.
The match in offer comes despite public comments from Gordon that he would like to leave New Orleans and play in Phoenix.
Gordon was injured most of last season, but in the few games he played his displayed the athleticism the Hornets would like to pair with rookies Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.
"Eric is a phenomenal player that we are thrilled to have in our organization", said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps. "We thank Tom and Gayle Benson for making this possible with their commitment to the team, our fans and the New Orleans Community."
"There is always a business element to the NBA when dealing with contracts but I never lost my appreciation for the New Orleans fans,” said Gordon. “I look forward to giving my very best on the
court this season to make our team successful."
Last year in his first season with the Hornets, Gordon averaged a team-leading 20.6 points in addition to 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in nine games (all starts) while shooting 45.0 percent from the field. The Hornets were 6-3 when Gordon played this season and he led the team in scoring in all but one of those contests.