By Evans Clinchy
January 28, 2012

Eric Gordon wasn't able to reach an agreement on a contract extension with the New Orleans Hornets by Wednesday night's deadline, but he insists that it wasn't solely his decision.

"It wasn't that I turned down anything," Gordon told John Reid of the Times Picayune. "It works both ways. Yes, I’ll be [a restricted free agent], but I am just a basketball player right now, and the future is unclear. All I can do is worry about coming back at this point to try and help the team win games at the end of the year."

Gordon, the centerpiece of the L.A. Clippers' trade package to acquire Chris Paul from the Hornets last month, has been out for most of the season with a sore knee. He's played just two games in a Hornets uniform, averaging 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

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