Hornets Match Suns’ Offer Sheet, Retain Gordon at Maximum Salary

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Published: July 14, 2012

Eric Gordon continues this offseason in the same way that he started it: as a member of the Hornets.

By matching the Suns’ offer sheet, the Hornets have signed Eric Gordon to a max deal, and apparently Gordon has “stated his committment to the Hornets” according to Yahoo’s Marc Spears. The four year, $58m deal ($13,668,750 first year, $615,093 increases), consumes a large portion of the Hornets remaining cap space, leaving them approximately five million under the $58.044 million dollar cap. They also have the “room MLE” available to them, which allows them to pay a free agent up to $2.575 million.

The Hornets have renounced their rights to Marco Belinelli, Carl Landry, and Chris Kaman, so they cannot be signed by the Hornets into Bird exceptions. Additionally, the Hornets have forfeited the use of the midlevel and bi-annual exceptions. Rumor has it that the Hornets may place a bid on Luis Scola, and now that they have matched Gordon’s contract, they can place a maximum bid of a little over 15 million for the remaining years (three) on Scola’s contract.

More details on the exact framework as we get them. Stay tuned.

 

135 comments
Matt O
Matt O

Andrey Blatche would be a good pickup for 10-15min at the C position. He has the length and strength and a massive chip on his shoulder being the youngest player to have been amnestied. I think his bargain basement price is well worth the risk.

Mike P
Mike P

Luis Scola: "Mi corazon es en fuego para Phoenix"

Frank
Frank

It looks like Lopez could get a mid-level type of deal from any team for that particular matter, and the Suns will not match it. The Suns' top prize is OJ Mayo in which he is going to be around the 30-40 million dollar range. It seems the Suns' focus is on Mayo and they are willing to let Lopez go. I would not mind giving Randolf a look even though there is a report that he may go to the Nuggets.

PD
PD

Son of a B! The Suns of all teams won Scola. I thought they had plenty of bigs, but guess that means Robin Lopez will not be going back. Maybe that's who we go after? I'd take him, but would really like Anthony Randolph. Only reason I wouldn't is because he is about the same build as Davis and we need a bigger post presence. I just love his upside, athletic ability, and his age. He's more of a face up forward and we have that already in Anderson and not much of a post presence at all. So yes on further thought, give me a Robin Lopez type big man! LMAO!

Jo D
Jo D

Anthony Davis I know he is a PF and our C of the future... But given his frame and abilities along with our team make up at the moment... Could maybe see him playing some SF... Maybe

Banloo
Banloo

Who will land Scola? Dicision coming soon!

Mitch K
Mitch K

I don't know if anyone has looked at our summer league roster but we have 3 centers on the team. I have read some articles on Darko Planinic and heard nothing but good. He's listed at 6'11" 255lbs. Maybe we are looking to develop him or one of the others. Play smith and Davis at the 5 also. There is plenty of depth to have 6 players play the 4 and 5 effectively and save valuable cap space!!

D$
D$

Ryan Anderson ‏@ryananderson33 Excited to play alongside @TheofficialEG10 congrats man! This is gonna be the start of something great New Orleans!!! i feel the same way as mr. anderson! vasquez/rivers/dyson gordon/henry/rivers aminu/henry/miller anderson/davis/smith/thomas cheap C/davis/smith

mark
mark

Scola would be a nice fit. We don't have a PF who can physcially keep the centers mentioned off the bolck (when they don't hae the ball). it's a game of strength, leverage, weight and position. Yes we lack the center we cvt. But Scola's build and skills warrant our attention. It's ok if these centers, like Bynum, get the ball 8-feet out; and Scola would be able to do just this. And BTW Aminu can play. Just keep thinking Luol Deng/Boris Diaw

JT's Hoops Blog
JT's Hoops Blog

The Hornets will certainly be a team to watch this upcoming season.

SJ
SJ

I don't think I even want a true center on this team this year. Let the team play out the season and see where they are. Did we get a 6-8 seed, and will a center put us in the top 4? Trade for one. If not, we can see who will be a part of this team's future and who will not. I think this is the season we see if Aminu will pan out as an NBA starter at the 3. As an aside, Javale McGee doesn't look feasible right now unless we do a sign and trade, and Denver is going to want more than second round picks. That is the only center I am truely interested in seeing the Hornets go after.

Hollis21
Hollis21

Would have been great to get Gordon without it being for the make. However, you can't let the kid walk and I'm still excited to have him back. Gordon knows the situation and is already working to save face. Eric Gordon on Twitter: "I look forward to giving my very best on the court this season to make our team successful. Never lost my appreciation to HORNETS FANS." I'm excited. Now, I hope we get Scola. I was against it at first saying he's another PF. But then you look at the Center market and you're either signing just a body cheap or overpaying for someone like Asik or McGee. If you can add Scola on a cheap deal, do it. Will we be crowded with "4's" sure. However, they're all good. Davis and Smith can take minutes at the 5 as needed. Anderson can stroke. And Scola has a great offensive game and Davis could learn some tricks too. If the Hornets can place a bid and have someone with Scola's abilities at say 3M a year for 3 years. I want him. PG - Rivers, Vasquez SG - Gordon, Henry SF - Aminu, Miller PF - Davis, Anderson, Smith C - None (Pure Center) Not a depth chart, but what we have. I'd love to find a spot for Lance Thomas too. I hope he comes back. You have Jerome Dyson as another who could return cheap if we need to get to the NBA minimum for players. I think it's 13, so 4 guys would be added. Definitely have to add 3 I know for sure. Bid on Scola. Hopefully win that and get a steal of a deal. Then I'll say Thomas and Dyson come back to start. Then maybe call Greg Oden? I've heard he's taking the year off. I've heard he'd only sign with Miami. Call him. Offer a 1 year deal. If he's healthy, he is a huge asset. If he's hurt, it's a one year deal and we play a little small. Looking forward to seeing how this roster rounds out in the coming weeks. When would bidding end on Scola?

Josh A
Josh A

Everybody let's forgive Eric Gordon for his comments. I've read other articles about how the hornets fans will "boo" him more than the away teams fans, that's horrible. He is on our team, we need to support him and the rest of the team. Let's just move on and forget those comments. I hope his play will definitely make us forget those comments, and I think it will. Can't wait till the season starts! Iam even pumped to see the summer league game tonight to check Austin and Darius out.

J
J

Veteran ledership is what this team needs if you get Scola,Millicic and/or Oden this team can be an 5th to 8th seed.If you think about it the west is weak so we've a chance this season.Scola can average 14 to 16 ppg a night,Millicic whose career has been ressurected in Minny than becoming a bust with the Pistons back in the day and Oden is a low risk high reward if healthy he can be a steal limited his minutes would help dispite the Blazers misused him.

Josh
Josh

Glad that whole thing is over. Next! Now we just need one more big to fill out the rotation and one more guard.

LaNative
LaNative

I am so hopeful that EG will come in and do his job and remain healthy. He wanted this money and now he mus earn it and show us the caliber of player he says he is. This is the perfect opportunity for him to shut up all "naysayers" and make it do what it do. He doesn't have to love NOLA or remain there in the off season, but moving forward show respect to its citizens and Hornets fans. He probably won't give an apology so I'll just move on from that. He's a part of our team and I respect that but don't push it Mr. Gordon.

lsucpolk
lsucpolk

Hopefully, he can stay healthy, act professionally, and mentor Austin Rivers in a positive manner.

Scott
Scott

I think that Luis Scola would be an awesome addition to this team. He's got mid range game like David West did here a couple years ago. He would be a great guy to help out Davis. Austin Rivers is our PG (or at least that's what Monty is trying to do), so there's no point in getting an average veteran PG to steal minutes away from Rivers. Look, this team probably won't make the playoffs this year. I think we can all accept it, and just hope for the best. However, give this team a few years to mature and develop and we should see a very talented group (just like OKC). Speaking of OKC, Serge Ibaka is a free agent next year, so I think he should be our #1 free agent target next year. Imagine Ibaka and Davis working the front court. That would be sick! GEAUX HORNETS!

jose walter gonzalez
jose walter gonzalez

I'm still sayin...ROBIN LOPEZ is the perfect fit..... chingados ! do we have enough in the cap space to fit him ?...Phoenix may not be able to afford him after tomorrow...Comments please

PD
PD

We need another big man and Luis Scola would be perfect. I don't care if he's a power forward, center, point forward, or whatever you want to call him. Scola is the best available big man out there. I would hate to be right on the cap incase we need to make a move cause of injury or what not. As long as we are not over the cap, we need to make a play at getting this guy. I don't understand some fans, saying we need a center not a power forward. As long as the guy is big and can play a little D at the center position sign me up. Who would you rather have a center like Greg Steimsma, Ryan Hollins, or Darko Milicic for a year at the minimum or a legit low post presence in Luis Scola for 3 years at a decent number that is not over paying the guy? I would take Scola over any of the available centers out there. Unless you are in a dream world and think we will sign Javale McGee? Sorry to say it but that's not happening. We can't afford him and I really would not want him for another 58 million dollar deal like Gordon's when Davis can do what he does but way better! Come on Demps, let's get Scola in here like we almost did last year!

Loudlikepat
Loudlikepat

Im sure the monty:eg10 talk went like this. Monty: i know you're pissed and i understand, but us matching the offer for you against your wishes proves how extremely important to our success. That is why from the get-go we said we would match and we did. We traded our old leader in jack, and named rivers our point guard. You are the new leader. You train from rivers on how to be a killer and we train him on how to be a team mate. We have a bright future and we want you to lead us there. Eg- weeps. Ok coach. Sorry i said some stupid things. I commit to being a leader for this team. Monty: just show it on the court and the fans will forgive you too.

BDavis
BDavis

Are we 100% sure that Brad Miller won't play one more year?

Ian H
Ian H

I understand why everyone says we need a "true center" but at what cost, I would rather play with 2 PFs if they are the best 2 bigs on your team. Last year our Centers where Emeka "I can't finish at the rim" Okafor and Chris "I shoot 18 foot fallaways and turn the ball over every other possession" Kaman. I know there wasn't a PF in the league scared to guard either one of them last year. If Anderson and Davis are undoubtedly your two best bigs just roll with them and go from there. So if we get McGee do you bench the NBA's most prolific 3 point shooter from last year or the #1 pick and future of your franchise for 5 years??? That's not smart at all. Find some random throwaway big and what you sacrifice on defense by being small, punish them on offense with speed, shooting, and athleticism. Those 2 bigs Anderson and Davis will finish every crunch time situation at the 4 and 5 so just put your best lineup out there and live with the results.

Jo D
Jo D

We could also try to pry birdman away from denver for cheap as a short term solution

Trevor
Trevor

Is it just me or is Aminu not very good?

Trevor
Trevor

I am wondering. Do we now have Gordon for the next four years, or can he like decline our contract and play one year for us then become an unrestricted free agent? Basically, is Eric Gordon under contract for the next four years with the Hornets?

Neal Gudiseva
Neal Gudiseva

I hope we get Scola (Just testing out that bold thing).

Jo D
Jo D

DARKO!!!!

Jeff the Barbarian
Jeff the Barbarian

Surely veteran leadership is important. However, let's not overstate the importance of veteran leadership from guys who have fairly limited success in the NBA. The Hornets bringing in Darko is not like OKC bringing in Fish.

John in MO
John in MO

True dat, sir. I'm thinking Dyson might be our guard, though I know Monty also wants a veteran presence. Lance (Socks) makes a good fifth big, but we do need a serviceable big body that won't need a ton of minutes. This team is coming together nicely. I hope they are all as committed to the team as we fans are. If so, it is going to be a remarkable season.

mojart
mojart

indeed.....remeber dell demps almost get dis same guy last year......thank god david stern vetoed dat trade....if we get scola for 2M dat is a steal for us.....if he avg 10pg and 7reb.....i wil take dat.....he wil make d bench deep as well.....smith,scola,miller,henry and vasquez not bad

Loudlikepat
Loudlikepat

Wow. Sorry for the typos. Im high and typing on my vita. Life...High on life. (cough cough)

Scott
Scott

yes 100% sure. he's 36 and he's retired!

Zombian
Zombian

**Michael McNamara does not approve of this post** You bring up a good point but there are a couple of risks that could be mitigated with a "true center". If we had a player that could bang in the post against the Cousins, Boguts, Randolphs, Howards, Bynums, Pekovics, Chandlers, Jeffersons, and Gortats in the league it would help take pressure off of Davis until his body fills in. Its been said by Demps or Monty (I forget which) that we don't want there to be too much pressure for Davis to perform at a high level right out of the gate. Assuming that's not lip service then I think that's exactly the kind of player we need. I don't think we should risk Davis having an injury or getting discouraged in his first year. I am not a fan of the Anderson signing for this reason exactly. It means either Anderson or Davis goes to the bench if there's a player who pushes Davis around. I think we needed to determine what kind of player we needed to go alongside Davis for the future but I can't argue with the value. I wish we got Camby to help bring up Davis and in the future come off the bench for us.

Zombian
Zombian

Oh man. There are a few players out there who I really dislike. More than the Kobes, Anthonys, or Lebrons and Andersen is totally one of them. Besides, he may be going to jail here soon and who needs that distraction? He was removed from the Nuggets for the last month or so before that ordeal. I really don't want to root for that guy.

Zombian
Zombian

This made me laugh. Speaking diplomatically I'll say that he certainly has some shortcomings on the offensive end, but his defense is great. Remember how young he is too. Most players hit their peak at 24-29 (I think those were the years, please correct me if anyone knows the actual stat) so he still can turn a corner. Also remember not to think of players in a 2D good and bad but as the role they fit. He can fit a role as a perimeter defensive stopper. Personally I think that we need a wing who can knock down threes. His first couple months in the league on the Clips he looked like he could do that but has since degenerated. If someone could explain why I would love to hear it.

voopster
voopster

I agree, I think he has a linited role at best for a few minutes, no way a starter. Hope I am wrong and the light comes on

CajunHornet
CajunHornet

I'll give it a shot even with my neophyte understanding of the NBA. Yes, he is under contract to the Hornets for the next 4 seasons. The Hornets can trade him at any time, but in the 1st season of the contract Gordon has veto ability as to the team he is traded to. In the last 3 seasons of the contract, the Hornets can trade him to whomever they please whether Gordon likes it or not.

Zombian
Zombian

Isn't it strange how expectations effect everything. Now that we know what kind of player he is we actually have a need that he fits! Where crazy happens.

ImSorryMonty
ImSorryMonty

Hoorah, a big baffoon with a 9 PER, a negative simple rating, a negative on/off court, and a negative win share. Do not understand why people want him so much.

Jeff the Barbarian
Jeff the Barbarian

And Oden is no vet. He is 24 (he just looks like he is 36. Suffers from Old Face disease).

J
J

I don't know about Dyson yet but Michael "Juice" Thompson could be interesting to watch in the summer leauges.At the same time Thompson is a 2 guard to me.

Scott
Scott

the only problem is Camby is like a grandpa!

BDavis
BDavis

You guys are both right...or I should say you both have valid points. How about this? Next year we have the cap to make a max move for a player. I'm currently doing research on RFA next season to see who we could go after, but what if we're not worried about filling center now because we going after our guy next season....don't see a lot of ppl talking about this scenario as of late. Somebody did bring it up though....and I feel like this is the best move. We could use the money we have left now for assests/bench?

Ian H
Ian H

Dont get me wrong I understand that point completely I'm not disagreeing with you at all, but those guys to bang are far and few between. Solomon Jones can do that. Out of the 7 centers you mentioned only Tyson can guard a Pick and Roll and Gordon is arguably the best pick and roll player with Davis crashing to the rim and Anderson spotting up at the 3point line. Only Gortat and Bynum on that list are average FT shooters. It goes both ways. Those offensive bangers will need to get the ball in good spots and their perimeter guys better be able to shoot or Hornets will run them out the gym. It is much easier to limit a big in today's game with hard doubles and the fact there are few knockdown shooters in the league.

DownUnder
DownUnder

Except Pheonix, we can't trade him there for the life of the contract now because he signed the first offer sheet with them.

Jo D
Jo D

He may not be efficient offensively(he won't be asked to do much on that side) but he is solid rebounder and defender... Big body to bang and let AD and smitty be their athletic selves...

Jacob Chenevert
Jacob Chenevert

I dont want him for his skill set or talent, but its hail mary time when it comes to big bodies, we need somebody, and there isnt too many options

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