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Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS The Hornets extended a qualifying offer to guard Eric Gordon on Thursday, officially making the fourth-year player a restricted free agent.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

New Orleans now puts the ball in the rest of the NBA's hands; the Hornets can match any offer Gordon receives, which would keep him in New Orleans.

Gordon averaged a team-leading 20.6 point this past season, though played only nine games after spending much of the season sidelined with a knee injury. He also averaged 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals.

New Orleans is hoping to pair Gordon with expected No. 1 pick Anthony Davis.

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