Hornets Officially Extend Qualifying Offer to Eric Gordon

Published: June 28, 2012

The Hornets extended a 5.1 million dollar qualifying offer to free agent Eric Gordon today, making him restricted.

The deal allows them to match any offer for the guard in free agency. New Orleans has been particularly loud about their desire to keep him. The Hornets were unable to come to terms on an extension last season when they reportedly offered somewhere around 12 million per year over four years. He’s widely expected to be seeking a near-max deal this summer.  According to our Hornets CBA FAQ, there are three he could potentially sign:

  • 4 Years, 55.2 million dollars from another team [12.922, 13.504, 14.085, 14.667]
  • 4 Years, 57.5 million dollars from us  [12.922, 13.891, 14.861, 15.830]
  • 5 Years, 74.3 million dollars from us [5th year = 16.8]

Gordon averaged a team-leading 20.6 points in addition to 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in nine games (all starts) while shooting 45.0% from the field. The Hornets were 6-3 when Gordon played this season and he led the team in scoring in all but one of those contests.

He’s expected to draw interest from Cleveland and Indiana, where he is from.



  1. NOLA Hustle

    June 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    i chose to ignore comments on other thread about tripe from hoopsworld, unsubstantiated anywhere else, but cant resist this time

    i fully believe we match any offer no matter how high it goes

    can not believe ej would play for 5 mil only to relinquish his bird rights and go elsewhere

    and IF amazingly that were the case and he wants to go home that bad, then forget paulngeorge d granger or anyone else. pay him 5 this year, let him walk and use that cap space for next years big class

  2. J

    June 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Why gamble on a guy thats injury prone and is going to play 45% or less of games a season.Let the Pacers take the risk because if the Hornets do in a few years i’ll be saying “I told you so”.

  3. Ian H

    June 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve listened to various podcasts and read various articles questioning the fit of Eric Gordon, A Davis, and Austin Rivers and I’ve come to the conclusion they are absolutely the best 3 possible to have as a foundation. From an “on the court” fit you would have 2 perimeter scoters who both have exceptional handle and amazing first steps with the ability to create space and turn the corner with an elite rebounder who doesn’t need the ball to dominate and get garbage points. The Hornets need guys who have the potential to score and score in bunches regardless or position. What I like most about the fit of the 3 is the mental aspect. Everyone complains about how indifferent but effective Gordon is, everyone says A Davis is an unselfish player who will be great defender and doesn’t need the spotlight, I think it’s great to have an ultra confident guy in Rivers who actually wants to be in New Orleans. To have someone who proudly displays New Orleans across his chest and is willing to tell anyone who wants to listen. They are the
    perfect fit together. Gordon gives you the nightly 23, Davis the 15/10/3, and Rivers being the lynchpin who can detonate and make the team a great one. Sounds extremely similar to the big 3 in Boston and OKC from a personality standpoint.

    • Mickey Chatman

      June 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      My God…….finally someone thinks like me. By far the best post I’ve read in a while

      • Ian H

        June 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        Thanks man I’m just frustrated with all the folk out there that have been taking shots at both Rivers and Gordon. People complain that Gordon appears not to care, and that Rivers is too confident. It’s the perfect ying and yang and Davis is the glue that can make it work. Three different type of stars that can attract the one missing piece you may need to truly compete. And besides if there were anyone who could reach Rivers other than Doc it’s Monty and that has to amount for something.

      • bigsslimm

        June 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        I concure,

        Basketball, like other sports is changing, evidenced by the posts on this site that refering to positions not existing.

        But as a fan, the hornets are better now, and more fun to watch. For us that is what is most important now.

    • Hallonius

      June 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Just don’t think Austin Rivers can do it at the next level as a shooting guard. Too small – not as beefy as Eric Gordon, and he ain’t as explosive as Monta Ellis.

      • Ian H

        June 28, 2012 at 6:25 pm

        I agree, but the position “line” blurs so often now. He can play alongside Gordon with 5 minutes left in the game and his game is NBA based currently. His first step and crossover will be incredibly difficult to handle even at the pro level and besides the best perimeter defender will always be on Gordon so Rivers should be able to eat. He is the perfect 6th man who plays 30 mins a night IMO.

      • bigsslimm

        June 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        he’s a tweener

        like westbrooke



    June 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Great Job Dell!


    • bigsslimm

      June 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      right !

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