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Eric Gordon Agrees To Max Contract With Suns, Hornets Expected To Match

Restricted free agent Eric Gordon has announced his intention to sign with the Phoenix Suns. But despite Gordon's desire to leave New Orleans, the Hornets are expected to match the offer sheet, which is reportedly a max contract worth $58 million over four years.

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Eric Gordon Officially Signs 4-Year, $58 Million Offer Sheet With Suns

After much talk about it, the Phoenix Suns have officially signed Eric Gordon to a four-year, $58 million offer sheet. The team announced the move in a release on Wednesday evening:

"We are excited that Eric Gordon wants to be a Phoenix Sun, and are gratified by his choice to play here," said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.

Unfortunately for the Suns, Gordon's choice to sign with Phoenix does not mean he will end up a Sun. The New Orleans Hornets can match Phoenix's offer sheet for Gordon and retain his rights — an outcome that Gordon has been vehemently against, saying he would be "disappointed" if the Hornets matched the offer.

New Orleans will have three days to match the offer, and are expected to do so. The two teams could also work out a sign-and-trade deal that would get Gordon to the desert and land the rebuilding Hornets some talent in return.

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Eric Gordon, Suns Agree To Max Contract

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.

For more on the Hornets, check out At The Hive. For more on the Suns, visit Bright Side of the Sun and SB Nation Arizona.

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NBA Rumors: Eric Gordon To Visit Pacers, Rockets And Suns In Search Of Massive Deal

Eric Gordon, a restricted free agent, is seeking a four-year deal worth $58 million, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. To get that deal, the shooting guard will meet with the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns over the next three days, and the Portland Trail Blazers and possibly the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats after that, says Broussard.

The New Orleans Hornets can match any offer sheet signed by Gordon. They could also save folks some frequent flier miles by offering that deal to Gordon themselves. The two-guard played just nine games last season, but was the centerpiece of the club's Chris Paul trade in December. The Hornets drafted Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers on Thursday to help rebuild the club.

We ranked Gordon as the No. 3 free agent on Saturday, behind Deron Williams and Roy Hibbert, and projected a max or near-max deal.

For more on the Hornets, please visit At The Hive.

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Ranking The 2012 NBA Free Agents: From Deron Williams To Hasheem Thabeet

We rip through the top 83 NBA free agents of 2012. And by top 83 free agents, we mean the 40 or so good players available and then 40 or so players named Matt Barnes or Baron Davis.

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