Phoenix Suns replace Steve Nash with Hornets star Eric Gordon
The Phoenix Suns have signed in the restricted free agent Eric Gordon as they prepare for life without their star guard Steve Nash. According to media reports, Eric Gordon has agreed to a four-year contract with the Phoenix Suns which will help the guard pocket as much as $58 million.
Eric Gordon visited Phoenix on Tuesday in order to attend a meeting which was held to negotiate the final terms of the contract. This news was later confirmed by a source who desired to remain anonymous because NBA rules state that free agent acquisitions cannot be brought in front of public before next week’s deadline.
The Phoenix Suns are taking Steve Nash’s absence very seriously. Sources have revealed that Phoenix Suns have set up meetings with a couple of players this week; which include forward Michael Beasley and guard Goran Dragic.
The ESPN first came up with news about Eric Gordon’s potential transfer to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. They were followed by a couple of other media outlets but none of them could present the fans with a final confirmation until now.
The New Orleans Hornets could level with the contract offer from the Phoenix Suns but Eric Gordon but Eric Gordon is not interested in extending his stay. Eric Gordon will sign in the contract offer on July 11. After the 23-year-old signs the contract New Orleans Hornets will have three days to match the offer from Phoenix Suns. If they stand down, Phoenix Suns will acquire the bragging rights for Eric Gordon.
Eric Gordon, who was the seventh overall pick from Indiana in 2008, played under a Los Angeles Clippers jersey for the first four years of his life in NBA. Last season, the New Orleans Hornets acquired Eric Gordon through a trade deal that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The 6ft-3in guard average at 18.2 points per game. Eric Gordon’s best point-statistics were recorded in 2010-11 when he scored 22.3 points per game. The 2011-12 season bore bad news for Eric Gordon as he had to go under an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Due to this surgery Eric Gordon played in only nine games last season.
The Phoenix Suns also plan to invest in a backup point guard. So far, the 26-year-old Goran Dragic has appeared to be the only realistic potential candidate for the Phoenix Suns.