The Hornets have announced that guard Eric Gordon underwent orthoscopic surgery on his right knee today. Officials say that the procedure was needed to fully resolve an injury that was sustained earlier in the season.
Initially the injury was being called a knee bruise, but it has not fully healed with treatment and rest. The Hornets say that doctors expect Gordon will be fully recovered and able to return to playing in up to six weeks.
"After consulting with our medical staff, we concluded that surgery was the best route and in the best interest of Eric for the long term. We had hoped with rest and rehab, Eric's knee would have healed," General Manager Dell Demps said in a news release. "Eric is eager to return to the court and we are confident Hornet Fans will get to see him soon."
The way this season has gone for the franchise, the Hornets might as well shut Gordon down for the season and hope he decides to re-sign with New Orleans in the offseason.
The Hornets did offer Gordon a four-year extension earlier this season, but the two sides were not able to reach a deal before the deadline for reaching early extensions with players who are due to become restricted free agents after the season. Demps said after negotiations stalled that the Hornets still saw Gordon as a potential centerpiece of their rebuilding effort, and he expects negotiations to resume when the season ends.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the Hornets will be able to offer Gordon more money than any other team. The question now though, how comfortable are they going to be doing that? And of course, does Gordon want to play in New Orleans?