“After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible,” Gordon said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Sarver, [president] Lon Babby, [general manager] Lance Blanks, the front office staff and Coach [Alvin] Gentry run a first-class organization, and I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is now.”
A sting to the Hornets and the fans for sure since the impression was that Gordon wanted to be with the franchise and was looking forward to helping rebuild the team towards a championship.
The response was immediate from fans and also the local sports media. Though the vote was split, the main contingency was that the Hornets should not match the offer by the Suns and show Gordon the door.
Sports anchor Fletcher Mackel of WDSU-TV in New Orleans has led the charge to see Gordon leave and a YouTube video of him after the Gordon announcement shows him visibly upset and almost at a loss for words.
Benson will be in a tough spot concerning Gordon who is a very good player. Popular opinion is that the Hornets will match the Suns offer and keep Gordon.