April 13, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) against the Utah Jazz during the second half of a game at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets defeated the Jazz 95-86. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Eric Gordon, Phoenix Suns agree on Max Contract; Hornets expected to match


The Phoenix Suns and restricted free agent Eric Gordon have agreed to a maximum 4-year, $58 million offer sheet.

The New Orleans Hornets are expected to match the offer to Gordon. Gordon is hoping they won’t.

“After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible,” Gordon said in a statement. “Mr. (Robert) Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks, the Front Office Staff and Coach (Alvin) Gentry run a first-class organization, and I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is now.”

Gordon is in the same position right now that Thunder guard James Harden would be in next summer if he doesn’t sign an extension with the Thunder this summer.

If Gordon can get a max offer this year, Harden most certainly can next year. Harden and the Thunder know this and it is no secret now that Harden will have to take less money to stay in Oklahoma City.

Gordon is considered by most one of the best young shooting guards in the NBA. Harden is right there with him.

Gordon and Harden will also be competing for one of the final spots for Team USA Basketball in the Summer Olympics in London.

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