The Phoenix Suns met with Eric Gordon tonight in Phoenix over dinner and are considering extending a max offer to the restricted free agent guard, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
The New Orleans Hornets are expected to match such a four-year, $58 million deal, but you just never know in these situations. After Deron Williams, who is only considering Brooklyn and Dallas, Gordon is widely regarded as the best free agent on the market.
Gordon would provide the go-to scoring punch the Suns have lacked for two years, and such a signing presumably would put Phoenix right back in the middle of the Nash talks. Signing a big fish like him would certainly qualify as the “improvement” Nash sought from the team, as a Nash-Gordon backcourt would make Phoenix lethal offensively once again.
Gordon would also be that “future star” the Suns have lacked since Amare departed, as he would give the team a more promising post-Nash future whether that is in two or three years or two or three days.
The downside would entail making the necessary moves of renouncing the rights to unrestricted free agents and having much of their cap space tied up in one player when his team is likely to match. Still, even then the Suns would be showing their fans they are serious about spending money, which could be important if they do not land their top targets and decide to save their powder for next offseason.
In all, I love the Suns’ aggressiveness in pursuing Gordon and I hope they do offer that max. If he accepts, the future suddenly won’t look so dreary.
In other news, Marc Stein reported that the Rockets are “pessimistic” about their chances of re-signing Goran Dragic, with one source saying his return is “not going to happen.”
The Dragon is seeking a $10 million deal and a starting job and will next visit the Suns on Tuesday in hopes of finding that.
Despite drafting Kendall Marshall, they could still offer him that starting job because Marshall will not necessarily be ready to start from day one. Even when he is the Suns could start Dragic at the two and have him attack from that position. The Suns would be vulnerable against taller backcourt but both Dragic and Marshall possess great size for point guards.
I would not necessarily offer Dragic $10 million a year, but if the Rockets are out, his market sure seems to be drying up. Portland has not shown as much interest as originally expected after drafting Damian Lillard, and other interested teams like the Lakers may not be able to offer as much as Phoenix.
It’s doubtful the Suns would land both Dragic and Gordon, but obtaining one would be quite a boon for the eventual rebuilding process.