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Report: Suns prepping large offer for Hornets’ Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon

New Orleans Hornets’ Eric Gordon reacts after making the game-winning shot against the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in Phoenix. The Hornets won 85-84. Gordon came to New Orleans in the trade that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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It sounds like Eric Gordon is going to get paid.

Likely he gets that money to stay and play in New Orleans, but the restricted free agent who may be the best young two guard in the league will get his money.

The Suns want a two guard and are looking to make a big offer for him, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.

The Suns have $23 million in salary-cap space but are trying to retain space for other pursuits, which appears to include a large offer to restricted free agent Eric Gordon. New Orleans traded Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza this week to create more salary-cap space, and new owner Tom Benson is expected to want to match an offer for the shooting guard. Gordon could command at least $12 million annually.

Everyone knows the Hornets will almost certainly match this offer. After having just drafted Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, the Hornets with Gordon become a young team to watch. They have the foundation now to build something special on.

But that comes with a cost. Gordon will be the first of the big checks the Hornets have to write, and Phoenix (plus some other teams poking around) are going to make sure they have to write it.