Starting Lineups: Should New Orleans Re-Sign Eric Gordon?

These types of questions usually come with a backstory. Let me share.

I'm minding my own business when I notice my phone ringing. It's the one and only Bryan Crawford. We go through the usual greetings, salutations, insults and all the pageantry that comes with chopping it up with your homeboy that you haven't talked to in awhile. Good times.

Inevitably, we started talking about the NBA Draft, in particular the situation brewing in the jambalaya pot that is the New Orleans Hornets. What was once a blackhole wasteland of 3rd-rate talent post-CP3 trade was suddenly burgeoning with quality assets. The Unibrow, Anthony Davis, is in full effect. The High Yella Prince, Austin Rivers, is ready to go. Most notably, the veteran of the three, 23-year old Eric Gordon is considering re-signing his deal to stay in The Big Easy.

This is where Bryan Crawford and I differ. Bryan Crawford says that by the Hornets drafting Austin Rivers, it means that the Hornets will be moving on without Gordon, because Rivers and Gordon play the same position. Moreover, Crawford  says that Rivers will eventually be better than Gordon. That's his opinion.

I, on the other hand, say that the Hornets could build their core around the triumvirate. Let Gordon stay at the 2-guard and consider playing Rivers at point. Jarrett Jack and Greivis Vasquez can still handle floor general duties, but Rivers could emerge in the mold of Russell Westbrook and Steve Francis. Take that for what it's worth.

Now, the Indiana Pacers have stepped in and offered their hometown hero Eric Gordon a max contract. (They're nuts, but they had to do it.) What say you, America? Should Eric Gordon leave New Orleans and go home, or should he stay with a younger core and finish the job? Let us know your thoughts as you peruse your pertinent reading material on Tuesday.

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8 Replies to “Starting Lineups: Should New Orleans Re-Sign Eric Gordon?”

  1. I'm with Ed on this one - I think building around the trio of Gordon, Davis and Rivers gives NOH a great core for the future. I don't think bringing him back would be detrimental because, like Ed, I think Rivers could handle playing point in a scoring point mode.

    BUT, what in the hell is going on with NBA GMs? Didn't they just lock the players out because they thought contracts were getting out of control? Now they're offering guys like Roy Hibbert and Eric Gordon, two very good players mind you, max contracts? Come on, man. Those are not max players. Should they be paid handsomely? Yes. But max contracts, no fucking way!

    Seriously, if the owners lock out the players ever again, they should all be forced to give up their franchises. I don't want to hear it from them anymore because they're the assholes throwing around more money than people are worth. Unbelievable.

  2. The lockout happened so that the owners can pay max contracts of 4 years $58 million instead of 6 years $100 million. A 4 year deal seems like it would be less likely to cripple a franchise than the old 6 and 7 years deals.

    I think with Hibbert and Gordon you are paying for what you hope they can become, and not what they are right now. The Pacers see someone who is 1. A Potential Star 2. Is from Indiana and willing to sign there, and I since most top tier free agents don't even look at them, they are rolling the dice that he can turn into a franchise player should New Orleans not match. It's a gamble, but it's a calculated gamble.

    1. Just because it's calculated doesn't mean it's smart. By giving a max contract, no matter that it's only 4 years now, you are saying this guy is worth as much as any player in the game. When you do that with guys who aren't the best, then you try and get other players on a similar or even better level, you can't offer anything less than a max contract or they feel slighted.

      It's just poor management, which is what did the GMs & owners in before the new CBA. That 4-year deal can still cripple a team for 4 years. If they want to do it, more power to them, but I don't want to hear them crying poor or complaining they can't sign guys because they all want max deals. It's their own doing.

  3. If you look at the Pacers, they have been middling between the end of the lottery and just barely making the playoffs, until this year. It is hard to get a star on your team with that draft position, and most free agents won't even look at them. If you watched them against the Heat, you know they need a go-to scorer. They finally get someone (Gordon) who is interested in coming to Indiana, and he can be the go-to scorer and potentially star. He will also be a hometown favorite since he is from Indiana and played at IU. Offering him the max is the only way they can possibly get him or someone like him, and it makes New Orleans at least think about matching.

  4. Austin doesn't look like he wants to run the point and if he gets as good as some people think he will be, Eric Gordon will get phased out like Eddie Jones in LA. People forget Eddie Jones was a two time all-star around the time Kobe took his spot.

  5. Well, they could at least start off by not offering Gordon the max. They could at least attempt to negotiate. SMH. They need to manage their teams better.

  6. As far as Hibbert is concerned, he's got leverage. There is a shortage of centers, especially centers who can walk and chew gum at the same time. This free agency crop is not considered a very deep one so Roy happens to be in the catbird's seat. No, he doesn't have max value if you define a max player as a top 20 player. But, due to the laws of supply and demand, you have to overpay to get him.

    Look at what Houston is offering Chicago's backup center, Asoik?. 3 years, $25 million for a guy who admits he can't shoot! Good defender and shot blocker, but, c'mon.

    I'm not a big fan of Gordon. He's undersized to play the two and therefore tends to be a liability on defense. But he's a great talent, he plays hard and he'll sell tickets and bring cable TV ratings to Indiana. Like Ed said, no one else wants to come to Indiana so they have to get who they can get.

    Jalen Rose said it best. You don't get paid what you deserve. You get paid what the market will bear based on the leverage you have at that time.

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