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Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:30 am
By Matt Moore

The Hornets are stuck behind the commissioner. Again. Yahoo Sports reports that Eric Gordon is in a position for an extension from the Hornets with the deadline for any deal looming Wednesday afternoo, but that the team has to wait for David Stern to grant permission to offer it. 
Gordon’s agent, Rob Pelinka, has engaged in recent contract talks with the Hornets’ front office, but hasn’t received an official offer. Gordon told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night he was informed by Hornets general manager Dell Demps that Stern must decide whether to extend an offer. The NBA owns the Hornets. Gordon wants to re-sign with New Orleans, but is uncertain if or when Stern will reach out to him or Pelinka.

“In terms of my contract extension, Dell Demps indicated that it’s out of his control and NBA commissioner David Stern has the last determination on the contract extension,” said Gordon, who will be a restricted free agent this summer if he doesn’t sign an extension.
via Gordon waiting on Stern to give him extension - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The league of course notoriously vetoed a trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers involving the Rockets that upset all three teams and generally made everyone act as if all common laws of decency were being upended, despite the trade actually being quite bad for the Hornets long term. This, however, is a bigger deal. Working out a contract extension takes time, and the league not giving Demps the ability to negotiate such a contract severely limits the franchise. Losing Gordon in free agency should he enter restricted free agency and sign the qualifying offer would be a disaster for New Orleans.

It's not known whether the two sides can piece together a deal in 24 hours, but in order for that process to even begin, the league has to grant the Hornets permission. If Stern elects not to, it will only cause more outrage from Hornets fans, league pundits, and especially Gordon.  

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:27 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

I can never figure out why teams negotiate with a player who is hurt.  Personally I consider what the Commissioner is doing is the right thing.  You can complain about Stern all you want, but what fan of the Hornets would want a player signed who has played exactly 2 games with the team?  Eric Gordon has a history of being hurt year in and year out.  It was just announced that he is out anothe 3 weeks.  Obviously something very strange is going on in New Orleans.  I mentioned it yesterday and will mention it again.  Why is Eric Gordon not speaking about his injury?  I read that he spoke last night about it, but he didn't offer much and the reporter lacked any depth.  Do these writers in the Big Easy not see if Eric Gordon is walking? Is he is in a boot? Is he on crutches?  To date I have no read anything about this.
Adding three more weeks to a bruised knee is silly.  I don't trust Eric Gordon, he might be all about the money.  He doesn't seem like he is in a big hurry to get on the court.  How many 23 year olds don't want to play?  I also have to raise serious concerns with the medical staff of the New Orleans Hornets.  These doctors and specialists are paid big time money, and to announce on Jan. 6, 2011 that the player is out 2-3 weeks and then 2-3 weeks later announcing again that the player needs another 2-3 weeks.  Clearly this is a misdiagnosis. It is becoming more common for sports franchises to fire doctors, because of misdiagnosises.  This staff should be fired.
Don't get me wrong a bruised knee does hurt, but it is not a 6 week injury, unless someone really doesn't want to play.  That Eric Gordon can't even play 3 minutes a night to help his team shows me that he may not be hurt.
My personal diagnosis, and I am no doctor, is that Gordon has suffered a sprained MCL, not a bruised knee.  If it is a bruised knee, shame on him for not getting back sooner.  This is why Monte Williams can give no reports, because there is nothing to report.  The player should be playing.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:14 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

this little stern pretening to be an owner is hilarious. i doubt if sterm was much of an athelete. always the last guy to get picked at the playground that is if his mom even let him go to the playground. he gets to show them all how to do it. he doesnt have have any of his money in the pot. it is like going to the casino and they giveyou the money to gamble. probably he has always wanted to do this. bless his heart.

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:46 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

This debacle has to come to an end!!!  Either find an owner, allow someone who will really act in the best interest of the Hornets, or just dissolve the team. Or how about this;  someone show Stern the door!!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:35 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

How dispicable that Stern could continue to allow himself to be in such a conflict of interest. If he allows Gordon to walk, think how bad a deal the trade was for NO. If Gordon stays healthy and signs long term in NO then it leaves No in decent shape. How can stern let this drag out so close to the deadline?

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:11 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

Credit this all to Dan Gilbert who balsted Stern when the CP3 trade went down. You know, this gettin' bad. The small market still get a piece of the league. Now, it may be true that can't compete, but they share revenue. The NBA should take the blueprint from the MLB. They opened and closed their labor agreement without a peep. In addition, their small teams are competitive. Everyone has praised Stern up until this point. Oh, he is the best commisioner in sports. Is he really or or we fooled and wooled pulled over our eyes just for making the NBA a international sport. To me, there was no balance. The same ole' teams year after year go to the palayoofs and compete. I got and still do of watching the Lakers and Celtics. Even though the Celtics just became relevant 3 years ago. Then the debacle with the SAC/LA series awhile back. Not tomention how Cleveland ended up in the finals against the Spurs. I guess no one wanted to watch the Pistons and Spurs. I would have loved too! But no, Lebron was the new thing and what better way to showcase him than to have him play in the finals. It's a joke. And I love baketball too. As much as Bud Selig has been criticized, I think he is doing a good job considering. Need to take instill designated hitter in national league, but thats about it. I feel fo Eric Gordan and the rest that got traded. I ahte what I see now in the NBA. No other sport can where a player demand where he plays. The NBA is a very small league to begin with. There are very few star players. Those players really have the upper hand. The rosters are only 15 players deep. Roughly about 340 players. About 20 or so are stars. And about 40 or so are really good where they know they are going to play for awhile. The problem started awhile back when managment, not players made stupid trades. Can't blame the team teh got the best of the deal. The team that the bad deal wa just cutting cost. Why is that. NO BALANCE! How did Kobe end up in LA? How did LA get Pau Gasol? For Kwame Brown? Are you serious? LMAO! Now I agree with Dan Gilbert that it's just big market teams and the rest are just the Washington Generals. And to add to Eric Gordan. No, I don't think he is hurt. Maybe his pride, but not enough to stay out this long. Fix it Stern before you give up your seat!

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:59 am

David Stern and Bud Selig.....Dumb & Dumber!!!

Have you ever seen a such a pair of morons running such large businesses?  I think that a statue of the two should be erected in New York City, so residents can urinate on the two of them collectively.  Not to mention giving the pigeons a fitting target to poop on.  These idiots must go!!!

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:30 am

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

I think Gordon's hurt worse than anyone's letting on, and that's why he's in such a hurry to get a new deal.  After signing he'll announce that he's got a fractured knee cap and may never be able to be a full-time player again.  Stern really scr*wed this Franchise over.  What on Earth do they have left that would give anyone the slightest incentive to buy them?  At least the Lakers' deal would have them in the Playoffs this season, and by the looks of things, their future would be brighter too.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:44 am

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

I'm starting to think Gordon really isn't injured and that He's just holding out. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:43 am

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

I find the fact Stern has the power over these decisions HIGHLY disturbing. Essentially, the Hornets are David Stern's team now; perhaps he always wanted his own. SOMEONE needs to buy the Hornets and SOON.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:49 am
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