Eric Gordon is open to a long-term contract extension with the New Orleans Hornets, but they'll have to offer him a good deal -- and he'll have to prove that he's healthy.
Eric Gordon has only played in two games with the New Orleans Hornets this season, but he's willing to stay in Louisiana a bit longer than that. The All-Star power forward has been dealing with injuries since being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this season, but he said earlier this week that he's open to signing a contract extension to stay with the Hornets.
The Hornets are eligible to get Gordon to sign an extension through Jan. 25 before having to deal with him as a restricted free agent this summer. Gordon is open to signing that deal, but he told the Times-Picayune that he wants what he knows he's worth if he's going to sign long-term in N'awlins.
"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."
SB Nation's Tom Ziller believes Gordon would probably be worth a starting salary of about $12 million, but that the Hornets are better off waiting until this summer instead of paying him based on the few games he's played thus far this season.
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