In an expected move today, the New Orleans Hornets matched the Phoenix Suns offer for restricted free agent Eric Gordon.

 "We are pleased to announce that we have matched the offer sheet for Eric Gordon. Eric is a phenomenal player that we are thrilled to have in our organization", said Hornets General Manager Dell Demps. "We thank Tom and Gayle Benson for making this possible with their commitment to the team, our fans and the New Orleans Community."

Gordon said last week that if the Hornets matched the Suns offer he would play in New Orleans, but wouldn't be happy about it. After claiming his "heart was in Phoenix", Gordon and his agent made a political play to try and keep the Hornets from keeping the talented shooting guard.

"There is always a business element to the NBA when dealing with contracts but I never lost my appreciation for the New Orleans fans,” said Eric Gordon. “I look forward to giving my very best on the court this season to make our team successful."

New Orleans' fans are hoping Gordon comes through on his word...and remains healthy. The deal is worth $58 million over 4 years.

Last year, in his first season with the Hornets, Gordon averaged a team-leading 20.6 points in addition to 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He shot 45% from the field. However, he only played in 9 games due to a knee injury. New Orleans sported a 6-3 record in those 9 games.