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Suns Offer Guard Eric Gordon Max Contract, Hornets Likely to Match

NBA via New Orleans Hornets(NEW YORK) -- He only played in nine games last season, but guard Eric Gordon has made quite an impression on NBA general managers. After visiting several teams, Gordon will sign a maximum salary deal of $58 million over four years with the Phoenix Suns.

"After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible," Gordon said in a statement. "Mr. (Robert) Sarver, Lon Babby, Lance Blanks, the Front Office Staff and Coach (Alvin) 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."

Even though Gordon's heart my be in Phoenix, because he is a restricted free agent, the Hornets have the right to match any offer made by another team. The Hornets are expected to match any offer for Gordon.

Still just 23, Gordon has played four seasons in the NBA, the most recent with the Hornets. He was part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. While immensely talented, Gordon has had a problem staying healthy over the years. This past season, he averaged 20.6 points per game.

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