The 2012 NBA Playoffs are in high gear but that also means for over half the league fans are looking forward to this summer's rebuilding season. The NBA Draft in June and the free agency period in July are when bad teams look to get better and all that "tanking" and "salary cap clearing" turns into hope for win-starved fans.
One of the biggest names on the market this summer is restricted free agent Eric Gordon. The New Orleans Hornets face quite a big decision when it comes to the talented but oft-injured guard. Complicating matters, Gordon may or may not want to stay in the Big Easy.
SB Nation's At The Hive explores ALL the details and options for Gordon and the Hornets in this great story.
Keeping Eric Gordon - At The Hive
The marginal NBA win costs about ~$2M in the current market; over his last 63 games (2010-2012), Gordon's play has been worth about 6 wins. A healthy Gordon, even one that doesn't improve past his current state, then figures to be worth about 8 wins or $16M a year.
The most realistic maximum amount New Orleans needs to pay to retain Gordon this year is the max another team can offer - 4y/55M or $13.75M. That's a good deal less than what I'd estimate his "true" value at, and so everything eventually comes down to health.
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