Reports: Eric Gordon will sign offer sheet with Phoenix

  • 07/04/2012 8:17 am in

Former Indiana guard Eric Gordon, a restricted free agent, agreed to sign a 4-year, $58 million offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns according to multiple reports on Tuesday night.

Gordon, who played just nine games last season with the New Orleans Hornets due to a knee injury, visited with the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets and the Suns before reaching an agreement.

The deal cannot be signed until July 11 and New Orleans will have three days to match the offer sheet and retain Gordon.

However, the former IU guard’s prepared statement released last night could be encouragement for the Hornets to re-think their stance on matching the offer or explore a sign-and-trade with Phoenix:

“After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible. (Suns Managing Partner) Mr. (Robert) Sarver, (President of Basketball Operations) Lon Babby, (General Manager) Lance Blanks, the front-office staff and Coach (Alvin) Gentry run a first-class organization and I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is now.”

Gordon is expected to report to Las Vegas later this week to begin training with USA Basketball for the 2012 Olympics.

He is one of six players (Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, James Harden and Anthony Davis are the other five) competing for the final three spots on the roster.

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  • Evansville Hoosier

    Demps has all this stuff planned to a T. The Hornets will sign match, do their best to pamper Gordon, and hope that getting a few wins with a new young core in NOLA will pacify him.

    He must really dislike the city, or the management, or something, because New Orleans seems like a great place for him to prosper, and I don’t really see any winning opportunity in Phoenix. I feel like they’re trying to implode to get into the lottery in order to jump start the post Nash era.

  • He won’t be able to prosper there with A. Rivers throwing up 80,342 shots a game.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Maybe he’ll get lucky and get some of Austin’s misses, shoot those? Cause Rivers isn’t gonna pass it.

  • SCHoosier

    The Hornets had a great draft…but could sure benefit by Eric’s staying. When you consider the injury bug that has followed Gordon around his first couple of years..I think the Suns offer is pretty outstanding. Hope the kid can play where he wants..and hope he realizes that his youngest brother should play at IU:)

  • I had sent Mark Cubans’ attorney brother a message as soon as Williams was gone for the Mavs to get Eric. The Mavs need some youth — Phoenix just needs air conditioners.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Would anyone care to wager on who averages more shots per game next year… Rivers or Gordon? I’ll take EG -5.

  • I would absolutely put down $100 on that. Taking EG -5 that is. Won’t even be close.

  • Benhyoung14

    He talked openly about not liking being traded to New Orleans. I didn’t expect him to stay. I just hoped he would land in Indiana.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Ok! So we agree… Who is going to take Rivers?