The New Orleans Hornets already have the worst record in the Western Conference at 3-14, and they’ll have trouble improving upon that mark without star shooting guard Eric Gordon. Gordon is still nowhere near a return from his bruised right knee, according to NBA.com.
“Eric is going to probably be out for another three weeks,” coach Monty Williams said before tonight’s game against the Thunder. “We will reevaluate after that time. Doctors think he needs more time. It’s prudent for us as an organization is to make sure he’s right before he comes back.”
Gordon, the centerpiece of the Clippers’ trade for Chris Paul last month, has missed 15 of the Hornets’ first 17 games due to the knee ailment. He averaged 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the two games he did play, a win over Phoenix and a loss to Philadelphia.
Further complicating the Gordon situation, the team has until midnight to offer the young guard a contract extension. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported last night that the NBA had approved a potential offer to retain Gordon; at the moment, the team remains tight-lipped on whether a deal will get done in time.