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Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:38 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 9:40 am
 
The Pacers have interest in Eric Gordon as a restricted free agent. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

When Eric Gordon reportedly rejected the Hornets' four-year extension offer, it had quite a few consequences. The Hornets will have to convince their best player to re-sign in restricted free agency or match what will be a huge offer from him, based off of what is obviously a complicated relationship with the often-injured but dynamic shooting guard, or else run the risk of him signing the qualifying offer and entering unrestricted free agency in 2013. And it means other teams will be circling like wolves around a wounded deer. 

One of those predators is the Indiana Pacers, according to multiple reports.

Both Yahoo Sports and the Indianapolis Star report that the Pacers will make huge runs at Gordon in restricted free agency. 

Hard to see how they get him, however. The Pacers, under the new CBA, can only offer Gordon a four-year deal, and for presumably less money than the Hornets offered. If Gordon were to sign the offer sheet, the Hornets would have every ability and inclination to match it. Even a front-loaded contract likely wouldn't make the Hornets blink with the cap room they have at their disposal. It would essentially take GM Dell Demps letting Gordon go due to an unwillingness to play for the Hornets. That decision would also probably seal the fate of the Hornets for the next three-plus seasons, and threaten everyone in the organization's job as ownership, whenever it gets settled, if it gets settled, would look to clean house.

So, no, that's probably not going to happen.

But it doesn't mean the Pacers shouldn't give it a shot. Gordon with that core would be pretty exceptional and it would give him the opportunity to contend for a title in the city he's from originally, where he was born and in the state he went to college. The Pacers won't be the last team to be linked to an interest in Gordon now that he'll enter restricted free agency, but they may be the best.

(HT: HoopsHype
Comments

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Better take the Rockets too.  They've got a winning record and have been putting less than 11,000 in the Toyota Center as of late.

As for the Hornets, why should people show up to watch a 3-15 team...even if they do play hard?



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:23 am
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

People still watch baskeball.  I think Ive watch one game since all of last year and this one so far.  



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 7:16 am
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Hometown boy Eric Gordon will return to the Pacers and get a hero's welcome. Hometown boy Greg Oden would return to boos. Hmmm, I wonder why that is? I've heard reporters say Oden should go "home" to Indy where he is "loved". If he really wanted to go "home", he should go play for Cleveland, last I checked he went to Ohio State. C'mon back Gordon, you're a REAL Hoosier!



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:55 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Clearly you don't watch basketball very often. He's a great player.



Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:11 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

I don't get what the big deal about Gordon is. He's an above average shooting guard, not a great one. Why would anyone consider giving him a max deal?



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Wow kharman, you're right: the Lakers were only giving-up Bynum AND Gasol to get Paul.  What a steal that would have been.  Those two combine for only 33 points - 22 boards - 4 assists and 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting over 52%.  No wonder the Lakers are "only" 11-8, with those 2 bums in the line-up.  They can't compare to what the Clips gave-up: a SG who's played 3 games and is out for another 6 weeks, a PF/C who looks like he's totally done, a young guy who looks like he'll never cut it, and a pick.  Sweet!  Oh yeah, as far as the Gasol from Memphis deal, the Lakers gave Memphis Marc Gasol who's putting-up 14-10-3-2.3-52%, but of course we already know that's nothing, according to your assessment of Pau and Bynum.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:08 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

But he is currently out and has been most of the season with a knee injury.  Does Indy really need another injured star?

They are not talking about Indiana getting Gordon this year but next year when, presumably, Gordon's bruised knee will be long ago healed.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

But he is currently out and has been most of the season with a knee injury.  Does Indy really need another injured star?



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Matt, 
That first sentence sure is long and loaded....
Ive read it three times ans still cant figure it out.
Worlds best run onn sentence ever! 



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:09 pm
 

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

hey butchie boy.  if you really think that trade with the lakers was better, you need to spend less time in the french quarter.  any jack*ss could figure out the lakers were getting another memphis deal.  p*ss on new orleans, that needed to be stopped for the nba.



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