Tag:Eric Gordon
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:30 am

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

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.  
Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:00 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 2:29 pm

Eric Gordon: Contract talks to get 'very serious'

Posted by Ben Golliver eric-gordon-noh

Eric Gordon didn't look particularly thrilled when he got traded to the Hornets in December, but he says he's open to the idea of staying in New Orleans long-term.

The Times-Picayune reports that Gordon, a 2008 lottery pick who is eligible to receive an extension until a Jan. 25 deadline, is open to a multi-year commitment to the Hornets, thinks the interest is mutual, and expects negotiations to pick up in advance of Wednesday's deadline.
“I’m very open to a long-term extension,” said Gordon, the seventh pick in the 2008 draft. “It’s all about having enough security to where I’m able to be here.”

“You know they’ve told me they want me here, they want an extension,” Gordon said. “But it’s all about what they think is the worth in me. They see that I’m capable of helping this team win, capable of playing hard every night offensively and defensively. Now it’s all about dealing with what I’m worth.”

“I’d say starting next week (talks aimed at an extension) would be very serious and maybe have something down the line. And whatever happens, happens. I think both sides may be able to come to an agreement. But right now, we’re both comfortable.”
Gordon, 23, has been one of the top performers from the 2008 draft class when he's been healthy. Last season, he averaged 22.3 points, 4.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for the Los Angeles Clippers, who included him in a blockbuster trade for All-Star point guard Chris Paul during the December free agency period. Although he's a bit undersized, Gordon can shoot, create his own shot and can score the ball in a variety of ways. Last season, he was one of the most consistent scorers game-to-game in the NBA, thanks in part to his ability to get to the free throw line.

His ceiling is likely that of a good team's No. 2 player and a bad team's No. 1 player. With the Clippers, he was an excellent outside complement to the inside force of All-Star forward Blake Griffin. In New Orleans, once he's healthy, he will be asked to step into the role of being "The Man."

There's no question Gordon is a cut below the Max contract performers in his class, which include Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. He's in the second-tier, though, but that still means a handsome pay day. Second-tier guys from the 2007 Draft included Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford (5 years, $60 million) and Joakim Noah (5 years, $60 million).

Gordon is currently nursing a knee injury that's kept him out for 13 games this esason and he missed 20+ games in each of the last two seasons. That missed games number is certainly going to impact his price when it comes time to negotiate. Another wild card: the fact that the Hornets are still owned by the league and in the process of being sold. No extension for Gordon would mean maximum flexibility and minimal allocated payroll for a new owner. On the other hand, an extension for Gordon would at least ensure one star-type player in place for the future rather than a barren pantry.

Despite the injuries, Gordon has a fair bit of leverage here. He would command interest and major offers if he hits the market as a restricted free agent next summer, and, let's face it, the Hornets need him a lot more than he needs them now that Paul is gone and the rebuild is just getting started. His representation should therefore be able to drive a hard bargain and, ultimately, could deliver Gordon a deal slightly larger than his performance and health to date has warranted.

One thing is certain: if the Hornets aren't able to get this done before Wednesday, it will be very interesting to hear how they spin it to their beleaguered fanbase.
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:50 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 12:18 pm

Class of 2008 still hunting for extensions

Posted by Royce Young

The clock is ticking for a lot of players in the 2008 draft class. Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Danilo Gallinari, Eric Gordon and Nicolas Batum are all looking for extensions, while Derrick Rose is the only guy to have signed one out of that group.

Blame the new collective bargaining agreement, I guess. I don't think it's any coincidence that the one guy that has his extension plays in Chicago, while the three that are still waiting play in Oklahoma City, Portland and Minnesota.

The deadline for extensions is Jan. 25 and with that just a week away, there isn't a whole lot of time to hammer something out. Don't get a deal done and those guys will become restricted free agents on July 1, which opens up a lot of possibilities. And less money, most likely.

Love reportedly will be getting an offer of four years, $60 million
, which he almost surely will turn down. Batum wants an extension but with his role being complicated behind Gerald Wallace, he's up in the air. Gallinari might be getting closer and Gordon has himself quite the awkward situation in New Orleans.

But what about Westbrook? He was an All-Star last season, second-team All-NBA and a rising star in the league. It should be a no-brainer for him to have an extension in his pocket and five more years in Oklahoma City. Shouldn't he have had his done a long time ago?

Except that situation is complicated and there are a number of reasons that Westbrook very well may not get extended before the Jan. 25 deadline. Why hasn't he been extended? The new CBA certainly has a hand in it, as well as Westbrook's teammates.

Westbrook and the Thunder are "dug in right now," according to Yahoo! Sports, but indications are the two sides will find a common ground between five years $80 million which is reportedly what OKC is offering and the max, which could potentially be five years and $94 million if Westbrook qualifies for the Rose Rule.

Which is exactly what's holding back the Thunder.

Based on observations, instinct and a few conversations with people in the know around and in the organization, the Rose Rule is what’s making the Thunder are bit more conservative than they otherwise would’ve been. Because if you extend Westbrook for the max right now and then he goes on to make an All-NBA team, he’d retroactively get a big pay bump.

What's the Rose Rule and why does it matter? It was added to the new collective bargaining agreement as something to help franchises keep their young stars. If a player is named MVP -- hence "Rose Rule" -- is voted twice a starter in the All-Star Game or makes two All-NBA teams, he qualifies for an extra five percent salary bump. So instead of getting a max extension, which is normally 25 percent of a teams cap, the player would get 30 percent. The rule has good intentions but for a team like Oklahoma City, it could be devastating because it has two players that could be eligible. Which would mean the Thunder could be paying out 60 percent of their cap to just two players.

For instance, Kevin Durant had his contract affected by the new Rose Rule and will make almost $15 million more over the life of his deal because of it. That prospect is something that the Thunder are leery of, especially considering James Harden and Serge Ibaka will be eligible for extensions next season.

Harden could be complicating that as much as anyone because of his rise as a high-caliber player. Harden has been compared often to Manu Ginobili, but that’s exactly the kind of dollar situation OKC wants to place Harden in. In 2010, Ginobili signed a three-year, $38 million extension with the Spurs. It paid him $11.8 million last season, $12.9M this season and $14.1M next season. The Thunder would love for that to be a five-year deal, but the dollar range is similar. Have Harden on the books for around $12 million a year, Durant at $17 million and Westbrook in the $15-16 million range.

That’s about $46 million which leaves room for a potential extension for Ibaka and role players like Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, Daequan Cook and others. Remember, the luxury tax line was set at $70 million last season and that’s the number the Thunder want to stay away from. Right now though, because of the Rose Rule bumping Durant’s deal, OKC is actually over the cap. Which isn’t helping things.

There has been a good amount of chatter about “choosing” between Westbrook or Harden and Ibaka, but that’s not the thinking of the Thunder’s front office. Multiple sources have told me that the Thunder’s preference is to keep the entire core. That might sound painfully obvious, but in the team’s mind, they don’t want to be choosing between anything. They want this group to stay intact for a long run together where they grow, mature and develop. It might not be possible, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to try. That’s been the plan all along. These guys weren’t drafted just to develop over the life of a rookie deal and then move on. They were drafted to be part of a long-term vision.

That’s the plan. And that’s why there’s a hold-up. It’s a negotiation though. Westbrook and more important, Westbrook’s agent, obviously see Westbrook as a max player. While he probably is, or at least very close to it, in the best interest of the Thunder, he isn’t. I’m not saying it would be good for Westbrook to not play well enough to make All-NBA again, but if he didn’t, it wouldn’t be all bad.

Westbrook wants to remain a part of the Thunder and obviously the Thunder want to keep him. But it’s about dollars and cents lining up for the long-term sustainability of the team. I can’t say with any large amount of confidence that Westbrook gets an extension before Jan. 25, but I do believe he will be in OKC for the next few years.

But I guess we’ll get a better idea of that in about a week.

Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:57 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 6:01 pm

Report: First 2012 Team USA roster set?

Posted by Ben Golliver


A recent report indicated that USA Basketball is set to announce its preliminary roster for the 2012 London Olympics. The roster reportedly will include members of the 2008 Beijing Olympics team and the 2010 Turkey World Championships team.

Initially, the report indicated that the preliminary roster would be made up of 18 players, however SheridanHoops.com reports that the roster is now 19 players deep with the addition of Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Here's how the reported roster shakes out by position.

Point Guards: Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams
Shooting Guards: Kobe Bryant, Eric Gordon, Dwyane Wade
Small Forwards: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Lamar Odom
Power Forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love
Centers: Tyson Chandler, Dwight Howard 

A few interesting things to note from this roster.

First, veteran point guard Billups is included rather than the younger and more talented Rajon Rondo, who withdrew from the 2010 team after it became clear he was going to be left off of the final roster. Billups is 35 and figures to be one of the seven players cut from what will be the final 12-man roster. What does Rondo's exclusion mean for his Team USA future?

Second, positional versatility and two-way play was clearly valued in this selection process. The inclusion of both Iguodala and Odom over Rudy Gay is a mild surprise but both players complement the likes of James, Durant and Anthony a bit better. Both will also have a tough time squeezing into the final 12. The only way Iguodala gets there is if someone else is injured; Odom, a standout for the 2010 team, could be one of the toughest cuts.

Third, the reported addition of Aldridge creates an intriguing frontcourt logjam, akin to the dilemma that faces Western Conference All-Star team voters. Aldridge, Griffin, Love, Odom and Chandler figure to be in competition for the final two roster spots, with the top-10 seemingly secure. Griffin would seem to be the odds-on favorite for one of those two spots given his combination of on-court skills and immense international marketing potential. If so, the battle for the final spot between the other four talented big men will be heated. 

Aldridge can swing between the four and five better than any of the other candidates, but he also has the least Team USA experience, having backed out on the 2010 World Championships team. Aldridge's coach with the Blazers, Nate McMillan, happens to be a Team USA assistant, so that could help.

Love is the best rebounder of the group but his athleticism, even though it's much improved, is not on the same level as the rest of Team USA. Chandler boasts a championship pedigree with the Dallas Mavericks and is the pure defender and long, active big men that could be the centerpiece of an aggressive defensive unit. Odom's versatility and perimeter game creates mismatch opportunities but the wings are likely too crowded on this team to properly utilize his capabilities. 

Spain, the reigning European champs, bring both Pau and Marc Gasol to the table. Howard plus any of Team USA's starting power forwards should still have an interior advantage, but choosing the reserve big men will be critical in the event of foul trouble.
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:59 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 11:01 am

Eric Gordon out 2-3 weeks with knee swelling

By Matt Moore

Eric Gordon is not really having the kind of season he probably thought he would. The Hornets announced Friday that Gordon experienced knee swelling after Wednesday's loss to the Sixers, his first game back from injury, and as a result, on the advice of doctors he's out 2-3 weeks. 

That's just bad all over.

The Hornets don't want to tank, that's clear from what Monty Williams and Dell Demps wanted in the vetoed Chris Paul trade with the Lakers and Rockets. Even though losing out is the best thing for their franchise, it's harder for guys to keep jobs through rebuilding projects. It's not fair, but it's what it is. And losing Gordon is going to make it even harder for a Hornets offense that has struggled without him. They've actually been really stout defensively, but they don't have any scorers with Gordon out. It could get ugly for the Hornets.

Jokes will be made about how this shows how much better the Lakers' offer was. But in reality, the Hornets need to tank out. They need to get a top draft pick, and combined with what will be at worst a 13-15 pick from Minnesota, they'll have a great core of players to rebuild around.

For Gordon, you have to hope he can get healthy completely. He needs to finish the season strong, because he's a restricted free agent in the summer. This is the first real payday for players coming off the rookie deal, and whether it's in New Orleans or eliciting a massive offer in restricted free agency, he needs to be healthy to pull it in. If he continues to have injury issues, Gordon could sign the qualifying offer instead, on the hopes of improving his value in a healthy year going into unrestricted free agency in 2013.
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:39 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 8:41 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

Posted by Ben Golliver


The Los Angeles Clippers took a major step towards rehabilitating their image as a second-class organization with a bad owner in Donald Sterling when they landed All-Star point guard Chris Paul in a preseason trade with the New Orleans Hornets. But the pieces moved in exchange for Paul have nothing but bad things to say about how the trade went down.  

Yahoo Sports reports that guard Eric Gordon and center Chris Kaman were both blindsided by the trade. Gordon says he was lied to by GM Neil Olshey and Clippers management and Kaman expressed disappointment that he wasn't treated more professionally after nearly a decade spent playing for the team.
“All you do is take the man’s word and take that he said that no one is going to go anywhere,” Gordon told Yahoo! Sports. “… To completely lie like that is something unprofessional.”

Said Gordon: “They literally told me as an organization that they wanted to keep me, and [the trade still] went down?”

“He said, ‘Hey, you got traded.’ I was like, ‘C’mon,’ ” Kaman said. “Then everyone started talking to me like, ‘Hey, what happened?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ Then my agent wasn’t calling me. I couldn’t get ahold of him. Then Farouq talked to his agent and said it was done. The Clippers didn’t tell me anything. They didn’t tell me I was traded or nothing after eight years. They didn’t have the guts to come tell me they traded me.”
In the hours after the Clippers/Hornets trade was finally consummated, word spread that Gordon found out about it while on a bus full of Clippers season ticketholders. At that point it was immediately clear that this trade would be met with hard feelings. Going from playing in a media mecca alongside Blake Griffin to a tenuous basketball outpost destined for the lottery was going to be a tough pill to swallow no matter what. Feeling like you were duped and deceived only makes the taste in the mouth that much worse. 

If there's any defense of the Clippers on this one, it centers around the sheer lunacy of being involved in trade talks that include the league office and NBA commissioner David Stern. With Stern shutting down a 3-team trade proposal for Paul involving the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets prior to approving the Clippers' package, it's very possible that Olshey and company honestly believed there wouldn't be a major roster shake up. Trades develop quickly in the NBA and secrecy and expediency are valued commodities. It's unreasonable to expect a GM to break off of a trade call to phone one of his star plays to let him know, "Guess what? I might be trading you now." There's always time for fence-mending after the fact.

While the trade damage is done -- with Gordon and Kaman likely to get over it, at least mostly, with the help of the passage of time -- this episode becomes an important reminder for the Clippers. Producing a first-class basketball organization involves treating players -- past, present and future -- in a first-class manner and with consistent professionalism. Karma tends to govern behind-the-scenes dealings in the NBA and this sure looks like another strike in the negative column for Sterling and company.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:34 pm

Gordon doubtful Friday against Phoenix

Posted by Royce Young

Eric Gordon sat out Wednesday's game against Boston because of a bruised right knee, which didn't matter as the Hornets spanked Boston.

But New Orleans might need to plan on not having Gordon again as coach Monty Williams said he doesn't anticipate having his shooting guard Friday against Phoenix either, via the Times-Picayune.

Gordon has played in just one game for his new team after being dealt from the Clippers in the Chris Paul trade. That one game though? He just hit a game-winner against Phoenix. So you can be sure the Suns are probably pretty stoked they don't have to see him again.

Marco Belinelli started in his place Wednesday and if Gordon can't go, will likely get that spot again Friday.
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 8:41 pm

Eric Gordon out for Hornets vs. Celtics

By Matt Moore

Eric Gordon will miss the Hornets' second game of the season vs. the Boston Celtics as a precaustionary measure, according to WWL-TV in New Orleans.

Marco Belinelli will start for the Hornets instead vs. a Celtics team on a back-to-back after losing to the Heat Wednesday night. Gordon hit a game-winning shot against the Suns in the Hornets' opener after being traded to New Orleans along with Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu for Chris Paul.
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