New Orleans Hornets restricted free agent Eric Gordon has agreed to a max contract with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, according to Paul Coro of AZCentral.com. It is expected to be worth $58 million over four years.
The 23-year-old shooting guard is unable to officially sign the offer sheet until July 11, when the free agency signing moratorium ends. At that point, the Hornets would have three days to match the offer. Coro and other sources are already reporting that the Hornets will match the deal.
In a prepared statement (via AZCentral.com), Gordon already sounds like a player who wants to get out of the Big Easy:
"After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible," Gordon said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks, the front office staff and Coach 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."
With the Hornets expected to match the offer, they will likely need to deal with a disgruntled player who has implicitly criticized the organization.