Latest On Eric Gordon

December 21 2012 at 2:46pm CDT By Sean Highkin

Eric Gordon plans to return to practice next week for the New Orleans Hornets, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Gordon has missed the entirety of the 2012/13 season thus far with a knee injury, and appeared in just nine games in 2011/12.

Gordon reflected to Spears on his controversial free agency, in which he signed a four-year, $58MM offer sheet with the Suns and upset some Hornets fans with public comments stating his preference to play in Phoenix:

"Of course I did [regret it]," Gordon said. "But that was the only way to push the table on the Hornets. To get a deal done I was willing to negotiate. My agent and I were going through negotiations with them. But they weren't leaning into really giving me one. So I had to ride with Phoenix and from Day 1 they weren't playing games."

Hornets head coach Monty Williams did not commit to a limit on Gordon's minutes when he returns.

"We're just going to throw him out there," Williams said. "Eric is so explosive and knows how to play. I think our guys are going to gain confidence. Most of our guys have no idea [about his talent] … It's going to breed confidence in our team and they're going to understand why we paid so much money in order to get him back."

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