Steve: Hornets have to decide on Gordon
The ball is now back in the Hornets' court (hah!) regarding restricted free agent Eric Gordon. The shooting guard has signed a 4 year, 58 million dollar offer sheet with the Suns. Just last week Gordon proclaimed his heart was in Phoenix after they apparently put forth an impressive recruiting effort.
So will the Hornets match, keeping Gordon in New Orleans? Head coach Monty Willaims has proclaimed, and rightly so, that he only wants players who want to be here.
During a recent mini-camp workout with some of the team's young players are getting ready for the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas, Williams stated that he is waiting to hear more from Gordon himself before rushing to a decision.
"I think Eric is just in a weird situation right now", Coach Williams said. "I've told you guys from day one with him, he's always talked about being here. And then all this stuff has come out of the blue. It's not a contradiction. I just think when you're going through free agency, and you're talking about that kind of money, certain things are said and felt, but I think when the dust settles we'll hear more of the truth of where he wants to be. At the same time I'm not going to back off that stance, I want people that want to be here."
The Hornets have until Saturday to make a decision. They could decide not to match the Suns offer and just let Gordon walk, but all indications are that the Hornets will keep Gordon in New Orleans.