It’s about time something went well for the Hornets. Here’s Jeff Zilgitt from USA Today with the report:
It had been mentioned that Hornets guard Eric Gordon was aiming for Saturday to make his return. It looks like it will come to fruition as he is activated and ready to return against the Charlotte Bobcats in a couple of hours. Gordon also vowed last week that he was returning this month. For a while, Gordon had no timetable on when he would return.
Gordon was acquired before the 2011-12 campaign by the New Orleans Hornets in the blockbuster deal that involved Chris Paul going to the Los Angeles Clippers, the team that drafted Gordon seventh overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. His numbers steadily improved with the Clippers, peaking at 22.3 points and 4.4 assists per game in the 2010-11 season, right after he played in the World Championships for Team USA in the summer of 2010. Those same knee issues limited him to nine games last season for the Hornets, when he averaged 20.6 points.
Gordon was involved in a little controversy when he declared his “heart was in Phoenix” after he signed an offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns that was worth $58 million over four years. The Hornets, of course, would end up matching the Suns’ offer sheet, something that didn’t seem to please Gordon. However, he’s backed off and said that he would give it his all for the Hornets, who have a nice core of Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson, and Austin Rivers. Right now, the Hornets are last in the Western Conference at 6-23 and it looks like they’re going to get another high draft pick in the offseason.
As mentioned, the Hornets will play the Bobcats, who lost their 17th consecutive game on Friday night. It seems like Gordon picked a good time to return.