Bradley Handwerger / Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS -- The Hornets could not come to agreement on an extension with guard Eric Gordon by Wednesday's 11 p.m. central time deadline, an NBA source said.

Gordon, now in his fourth season, will go into the offseason as a restricted free agent.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Marcus Spears, New Orleans had been given the go-ahead to offer Gordon a four-year extension.

New Orleans was taking a chance on the youngster regardless of his health. Gordon, who came to New Orleans in the training camp trade with the Clippers that sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles, has played in only two games this season because of a bruised knee.

Gordon hasn't played a full NBA season yet, missing time with various maladies, including missing 26 games a season ago with a wrist injury.

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