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Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:30 am
By Matt Moore

The Hornets are stuck behind the commissioner. Again. Yahoo Sports reports that Eric Gordon is in a position for an extension from the Hornets with the deadline for any deal looming Wednesday afternoo, but that the team has to wait for David Stern to grant permission to offer it. 
Gordon’s agent, Rob Pelinka, has engaged in recent contract talks with the Hornets’ front office, but hasn’t received an official offer. Gordon told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night he was informed by Hornets general manager Dell Demps that Stern must decide whether to extend an offer. The NBA owns the Hornets. Gordon wants to re-sign with New Orleans, but is uncertain if or when Stern will reach out to him or Pelinka.

“In terms of my contract extension, Dell Demps indicated that it’s out of his control and NBA commissioner David Stern has the last determination on the contract extension,” said Gordon, who will be a restricted free agent this summer if he doesn’t sign an extension.
via Gordon waiting on Stern to give him extension - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The league of course notoriously vetoed a trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers involving the Rockets that upset all three teams and generally made everyone act as if all common laws of decency were being upended, despite the trade actually being quite bad for the Hornets long term. This, however, is a bigger deal. Working out a contract extension takes time, and the league not giving Demps the ability to negotiate such a contract severely limits the franchise. Losing Gordon in free agency should he enter restricted free agency and sign the qualifying offer would be a disaster for New Orleans.

It's not known whether the two sides can piece together a deal in 24 hours, but in order for that process to even begin, the league has to grant the Hornets permission. If Stern elects not to, it will only cause more outrage from Hornets fans, league pundits, and especially Gordon.  

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:21 am

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

Gordon signed the contract.  End of story.  Players never give money back if they don't live up to expectations.  If the team wants to re-negotiate, then it's up to Gordon.  Get out there on the court and "force" them to sign you.  Players that complain about contracts need to shut up and deliver for their teams. 

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:03 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

Send the team to Seattle.  Please.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:27 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

stern needs to get out of the hornets buisness or stop being the commish. ... He can't do both that is a huge conflict of intrest !! Apoint someone else to run the team until it is sold .

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:11 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

There is nothing unusual for a league to own a team in its league. Montreal/ Washington went through that in the MLB. No league wants to lose a viable franchise by default. There is too much value in maintaining the league structure. The league has added significant value to the New Orleans franchise since purchasing it. The new CBA addresses most of the issues which caused it to be unsold.

And the continuing war by Matt against Commissioner Stern is getting tiresome. Stern acted in the best interests of the franchise last year in demanding more from a trade of Chris Paul than originally offered. And he got that additional. Now we hear the Stern is holding up an extension for Eric Gordon. Once again an agent is using the bias of this blog to generate more pressure to get more money for a client. This is what agents are supposed to do. It is not what media is supposed to support. Is Gordon a max contract player? Absolutely not. Gordon has a PER of 18.5 last year. Not bad but not star either. No way that this deserves a max contract. And then factor in that Gordon is averaging 49.5 games for the four years. Injury, lack of defense and supporting role numbers lead to the above conclusion. David Stern is right to wait until Gordon actually does something on the court. Stern knows a new owner will want to put his own stamp on the extension talks and can do so with Gordon a restricted free agent.

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:49 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

The new #1 'Most Hated' NBA List isn't a player anymore, it's hands down David Stern!!! Will somebody buy the Hornets before Stern completely burys this organization into the ground!!!

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:00 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

There is a big difference between restricted and unrestricted free agency.  With the Hornets having the ability to match any offer, there is little incentive for the team to do an extension at this time.  Other teams are generally less willing to enter into serious negotiations with restricted free agents, so it is unlikely that he will have a lot of suitors throwing big money at him.  And, he's not exactly a franchise player.  The league's position makes good business sense since the franchise has the ability to retain control of the player and, if they are lucky, a new owner will be in place by the time a decision must be made for the long term.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:30 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

The big  4 sports all have the ability for the league to own a team.  It happens much more than people think.  In baseball the Brewers were owned by MLB for years.  You may see the NFL take over the Jax Jaguars. 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:08 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

Having a rule where the NBA organization can own an NBA team shows how flaw this organization is in the first place and when you add someone like Stern running the show, it spelled "disaster". The owners must be smoking some good weed during their meetings for not seing something like this as a bad recipe for the NBA.

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:59 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

I'm absolutely with you on that.  It was the first thing that came to my mind while reading this... but if thats the case, everyone involved has done a great job of keeping a lid on it for the last few weeks.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:58 pm

Gordon waiting on Stern's approval for extension

Why does Gordon want to sign an extension with a mess of a situation like New Orleans? He's a restricted free agent at the end of the year. He has been in New Orleans for about a month, and it doesn't make much sense that he would be attached enough to sign an extension now. Why wouldn't he want to test free agency? 

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