Hornets' lottery win won't impact Eric Gordon's decision to test free agency

Marc J Spears
Yahoo! SportsMay 31, 2012

Eric Gordon was surprised to hear the New Orleans Hornets won the top pick in the NBA's draft lottery. Hornets coach Monty Williams and assistant general manager Tim Connelly called Gordon to talk to him about the windfall that will bring Kentucky forward Anthony Davis to New Orleans.

But despite the news, Gordon still plans on exploring his options in free agency.

"Wherever I end up will be a good situation or I’m going to make it a good situation," Gordon said.

Gordon made $3.1 million in the final year of his contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer. He turned down in January a four-year contract that would have paid him close to $50 million, league sources said. He averaged 20.6 points and 3.4 assists in just nine games last season after being slowed by a right knee injury that required surgery. Gordon said his knee is "good" now.

[Related: NBA ownership of Hornets opens door to talk of rigged draft lottery]

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson agreed last month to buy the Hornets. Gordon has met Benson, but they have not had any contract negotiations.

"The things that he says make him sounds like a pretty good owner," Gordon said. "He sounds like he wants to win in a hurry."

Davis was the consensus college basketball player of the year last season after leading Kentucky to the national championship.

"He reminds me of another player I played with: Marcus Camby," Gordon said. "If [Davis] can get that jump shot, he can be really, really good for a long time."

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