Apr 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (10) dribbles the ball during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Hornets 107-98. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Free agency opens at midnight, with players free to "officially" sign deals on July 11th.
Eric Gordon is the Hornets' most prominent free agent, and New Orleans tendered him a qualifying offer on Thursday to ensure they keep his restricted free agent rights. We've broken down what that means a few times before, but here's one quick, final glance at the numbers the front office will be looking at:
- The longest contract the Hornets can offer Gordon is 5 years. However, each team is allowed only one five-year deal per CBA period. So the team would be wise to save that longer deal for Anthony Davis.
- The longest contract another team can offer Gordon is 4 years. So anyone that's predicting 5 year deals will probably be wrong.
- Since Gordon is a 5th year player now, his maximum deal will start at $12.9M (25% of projected BRI cap) with 7.5% raises for each of the next three years. In sum, that's $57.5M, or $14.4M on average per season for 4 years.
- The Hornets will have three days to match a contract that Gordon agrees to with another team.
- According to early reports, Phoenix is preparing to offer Gordon a 4 year/$48M deal, or nearly $10M lower than the max. Given his injury history, that's a reasonable approximation of market value probably.