Hornets fans received some bad news when it was announced that star guard Eric Gordon would be out for an undetermined period of time thanks to damage in his right knee. It also didn't help that GM Dell Demps was somewhat vague about Gordon's condition this week, leading to speculation that Gordon was less-than-thrilled with the organization after a tumultuous summer. However, the diminutive guard made an effort to put those concerns to rest this afternoon, writes Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune.
"This is a great city and a great organization and I definitely want to be a part of it. But being a part of it, for me, is about playing. What's (keeping) me from playing is having this injury. I'll just go on from there," Gordon said.
Over the summer, Gordon inked a four-year, $58MM offer sheet from the Suns and publicly worked to convince New Orleans not to match the offer. Even though the guard felt that "his heart" was with Phoenix at the time, the Hornets predictably matched the offer sheet to avoid losing a marquee player without any return. While Gordon clearly did not want to return to the Hornets this summer, the 23-year-old doesn't sound like a player who is angling for a way out of New Orleans.