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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

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:18 pm

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

I'm with you guys misterc.  I been puttin a little money on the pacers every year to win it all on futures bets.... long odds, but hey this season has been whacky and they are playin well.  Adding a guy like Gordon could certainly bode well for them.  Guess its all gonna come down to whther Gordon wants to go with the highest bidder or sign with a team that might not be able to pay top dollar but will at least be a contender.  And anyone that knows basketball knows what this dudes capable of.  He's like a more consistent version of JR Smith, who happens to be one of my favorite players.  GO PACERS!!!!

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:40 pm

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Any objective basketball fan can see that the Pacers are on the rise. They are putting together a deep team and adding
Gordon (who is instant offense) can only help them. Gordon is also a veteran who can supply some leadership to
a team that is still primarily a young.

Good luck to the Pacers and I hope they keep moving in the same upward direction because those fans have waited
a long time for a team that can really win a NBA Championship.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:20 pm

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Agree with Kubbfan.  The Indiana Pacers is an up and rising team.  They're young and loaded with talent.  Acquiring Eric Gordan via free agency will boost their the team.  Larry Bird was on the verge of being terminated as President of Basketball Operations.  Now, it's looking like perserverance is paying off.  He's done a wonderful job and so has the coaching staff.  The Pacers will be a force within a couple of seasons, assuming that they continue on thier path.  

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:43 am

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Is that why they sold 10,000 plus season tickets?  you are an idiot, NOLA can support the Hornets, but the NBA and that moron they have running the league screwed the hornets in the trade for Chris Paul and athe idiot is Stern.  If the Hornets can get a good owner and get some good players instead of role and bench players, they can draw a fan base easily as they have shown in the past.  A But David Stern with his moronic ways screwed the city and the team this year with his stupid moves.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:23 am

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Gordon's leaving (who can blame him) and Kaman and Aminu s*ck, so basically Stern dictated New Orleans accept one 1st round pick for Paul instead of 3 very good players and a pick.  That makes as much sense as anything else he's done.  Good luck finding someone dumb enough to buy this franchise.  A roster with maybe 2 players who would play for other teams, and other 2 or 3 who'd get to sit and watch, along with an almost zero fan base.  

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:17 am

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

Take him and take the hornets franchise to.  New Orleans will never fully support the basketball team lke they do the Saints, they cant even average 14K fans a night

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:49 am

Report: Pacers will pursue Gordon in free agency

pacers are a good team. they are on the rise. larry bird is doing a good job. there were reports he was on the outs, but this should boost his stock. paceers are a young team, that should bode them well in this shortened season. the back to back's are having an effect on the older teams.

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