Several teams wooing Gordon, no qualifying offer for White

  • 07/02/2012 8:40 am in

NBA free agency kicked off Sunday and former Indiana guard Eric Gordon has a strong list of suitors according to multiple reports.

Gordon, who was acquired before last season by the New Orleans Hornets, reportedly met with officials from the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets on Sunday. The Phoenix Suns are also expected to meet with Gordon later this week.

But these meetings may become a moot point as The Times-Picayune reports that the Hornets are prepared to match any offer for Gordon, who is a restricted free agent:

The Hornets are prepared to match any offer Gordon receives, even if it’s a maximum-money offer. New Orleans is the only team that can offer Gordon a five-year, $79 million contract.

The Rockets appear to be the most serious about obtaining Gordon and could explore the possibility of putting forth a sign-and-trade package that would give the Hornets compensation, so they would be less inclined to match a potential offer.

Gordon, who played in just nine games last season due to a knee injury, is among 16 NBA players still in the mix for the 2012 Olympic team. The announcement of the 12-man roster could come on July 7.

The Times-Picayune report states that Gordon would like to have his situation settled before leaving for USA Basketball training in Las Vegas later this week.

Former Indiana forward D.J. White, who played the last season and a half with the Charlotte Bobcats, may be looking for a new NBA home.

According to The Charlotte Observer, the Bobcats elected to not extend a qualifying offer to White:

The Bobcats did not address power forward DJ White in their announcement, so he apparently did not receive a qualifying offer and becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Not extending a qualifying offer does not keep the Bobcats from making White an offer, if they so choose.

White averaged 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season for Charlotte, but the team finished just 7-59.

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  • jayrig5

    Not saying the Hornets won’t match a max offer, but it’s an obvious tactical advantage to leak that they’ll match, to try and discourage other teams from offering.

    And if DJ White really is an unrestricted free agent, I’d think he’d be a solid and relatively cheap role player for a team like the Pacers. (Especially if they deal Hansbrough.) Charlotte is a mess, and getting out of there is probably a good thing for White.

  • HoosierPat

    I really hope the Pacers find a way to get Eric Gordon. DJ White would be nice to have too.

  • SCHoosier

    gordon’s got it made (if he can stay healthy. D.J. doesn’t get any respect. Did a nice job for a realy bad team in Charlotte ..hope he catches on with somebody in the NBA..can do a seond string PF job if given the chance.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think the Pacers will make the offer they’d make to Gordon regardless of what they hear, but I think the Hornets will retain Gordon. He’s the only proven scorer they have and is obviously a rising talent. They need him to shine in order to give Davis and Rivers time to grow.

    White would be a good fit with the Pacers though, as I think he’s a better player than Amundson and maybe Hansbrough.

  • On Saturday morning around 8:30am I went to Lifetime Fitness
    in Castleton and saw DJ participating in some shooting drills with a trainer.
    Then, when I left around 9:30, Eric was doing the same. It was pretty cool to
    see some IU pros putting in work at your local gym. Also, I obviously don’t
    know if DJ has a place of residence in Indy (maybe for the summer?), but he was
    at Zoobilation a few weeks back too.

  • On Saturday morning around 8:30am I went to Lifetime Fitness
    in Castleton and saw DJ participating in some shooting drills with a trainer.
    Then, when I left around 9:30, Eric was doing the same. It was pretty cool to
    see some IU pros putting in work at your local gym. Also, I obviously don’t
    know if DJ has a place of residence in Indy (maybe for the summer?), but he was
    at Zoobilation a few weeks back too.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    I would love to see EGor on the Pacers, but I do think that NO would be a good place for him with Davis and Rivers. They will be a team to look out for with all of that young talent.

    Hopefully he can make the Olympic team and stay healthy so that he can shine next year wherever he plays.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    I would love to see EGor on the Pacers, but I do think that NO would be a good place for him with Davis and Rivers. They will be a team to look out for with all of that young talent.

    Hopefully he can make the Olympic team and stay healthy so that he can shine next year wherever he plays.

  • paulettesue

    I think anytime the Pacers can get a local connection, it’s great for business!

  • paulettesue

    I think anytime the Pacers can get a local connection, it’s great for business!

  • marcusgresham

    It may be a PR move for the Pacers to show interest in Gordon, knowing that New Orleans can match an offer. That way they can hold their arms out like the old guy Monopoly guy on the Chance card and say “well, we tried.”

  • remy willing and Abell

    except Plumlee

  • remy Willing and Abell

    I always have problems leaving comments . Wish the set up was more friendly like the last few years . keeps me from being as active .

  • There is no hurry for Gordon or the Pacers. Gordon can sit tight for a year if he wants and go where he wants to because he obviouly does not want the Hornets. I have always believed he wanted to return to Indiana at some point. Anyone that would want to play in either Houston or New Orleans in those environments should probably have their heads examined.

  • There is no hurry for Gordon or the Pacers. Gordon can sit tight for a year if he wants and go where he wants to because he obviouly does not want the Hornets. I have always believed he wanted to return to Indiana at some point. Anyone that would want to play in either Houston or New Orleans in those environments should probably have their heads examined.

  • SCHoosier

    Not sure what you mean..I’m a tech Neanderthal and don’t have any problems.

  • OldIUGymnast

    I like Rick Adleman – I think he is a great coach (and his teams are the only teams that seem to know how to play team D or to pass in the NBA). The only reason he doesn’t win is that the NBA is stacked for stars. I saw Labron take 7 steps with a jump stop in between a couple of times in the playoffs. I could probably score in the NBA if I could do that and I am 43, short and have bad knees.

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers Eric!