The Hornets are planning to match any offer to restricted free agent Eric Gordon. (Harry How/Getty Images)
The New Orleans Hornets plan to match any offer presented in free agency to shooting guard Eric Gordon, The Times Picayune's John Reid reported. From the report:
All indications point toward the Hornets making a concerted effort to re-sign their restricted free agent, shooting guard Eric Gordon.
New Orleans appears ready to match any offer Gordon might get on the open market, even if means extending him a maximum-money contract of five years worth $80 million, league sources said.
The Hornets acquired Gordon from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Chris Paul trade last December. Gordon thrived during the games he played in New Orleans, scoring 20.6 points per game on 45 percent shooting. He didn't play in many games, though — only nine, while he battled knee and back injuries.
But despite his injury history, the Hornets are prepared to make Gordon a focal point of their future core. They are expected to take Kentucky's Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick in next week's NBA Draft, and they also have the No. 10 pick.
Reid reports that the Hornets' payroll stands at $38.3 million, "one of the lowest in the league" and more than $20 million under the salary cap before the free-agency period begins in July.