New Orleans guard Eric Gordon spoke for the first time to reporters at USA Basketball camp today, and he made it pretty clear that he wants to be a Phoenix Sun.
The restricted free agent told Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune and Hornets247′s Joe Gerrity that he felt that the Hornets haven’t shown him the love.
“If (the Hornets) were interested, there wouldn’t have been no tour, there wouldn’t have been nothing,” Gordon said. “There’s been no negotiations. I was right there in Indiana. I haven’t received no calls, to me personally. They’ve contacted my agent.
“As for now, I don’t know what’s going on. (If the Hornets match) as of right now, I’d be disappointed.”
Gerrity writes that the interview with Gordon was awkward. Overall, Gordon told the two that he’s going to play basketball for whomever he’s with next season, but the way the Suns treated him gave him a feeling that the franchise is confident in Gordon as far as what caliber of player he is, hence the $58 million, four-year offer sheet they handed him.
On the other hand, New Orleans apparently hasn’t talk to Gordon personally, instead going through his agent, Rob Pelinka. Hornets general manager Dell Demps was present at the Team USA practice, but Smith writes that he still hasn’t spoken to the disgruntled Gordon.
Overall, the comments from Gordon make it appear that he’s not confident in the New Orleans roster, even with the addition of Anthony Davis. The drafting of Austin Rivers also could have alluded to the team’s disinterest in signing Gordon.
Asked if he’d have signed a similar contract the one Phoenix offered during this past season, Gordon appeared to say he would’ve had a different mindset.
“‘Why not?’ Gordon said.”