“All I can do is wherever I’m at I’ve just got to play ball, but as for right now it’s going to be for the Phoenix Suns.” eric gordon, Hornets guard
LAS VEGAS — Eric Gordon said the New Orleans Hornets haven’t shown the same interest in him that Phoenix did.
Now the Hornets can match the contract offer the Suns made to Gordon, but he’d prefer they didn’t.
“This CBA, all this new deal is for me to stay in New Orleans, but hey, the interest wasn’t there,” Gordon said Friday after practicing with the U.S. Olympic team. “So I’ve just got to move on. And I’m just a basketball player at the end of the day. All I can do is wherever I’m at I’ve just got to play ball, but as for right now it’s going to be for the Phoenix Suns.”
Not if the Hornets decide otherwise.
Gordon agreed to an offer sheet with the Suns this week worth about $58 million over four years. That’s not much more than an offer he rejected from the Hornets during the season, but the guard insisted it was the Suns’ interest, not their money, that made him to say that “Phoenix is where my heart is now” after visiting the Suns.
He can sign the deal on July 11 and the Hornets would have three days to match it. After acquiring him as the centerpiece of the Chris Paul trade, it would seem unlikely they would let him go.
“I don’t know what they’re going do,” Gordon said. “I don’t know what’s been their situation since this offseason.”
And if the Hornets do match?
“If they match, then I’ve got to play basketball,” Gordon said.
The Suns also have had meetings this week with forward Michael Beasley and guard Goran Dragic as they prepare for life after Steve Nash.
“After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible,” Gordon said in a statement. “Phoenix is just where my heart is now.”
Gordon, 23, played the first of his four NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers after being the seventh pick overall out of Indiana in 2008. He came to the Hornets before the start of last season as part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers.
The sharpshooter has a career scoring average of 18.2 points per game, topped by 22.3 in 2010-11. He missed all but nine games of last season with an injury to his right knee that required arthroscopic surgery.