Unless something weird happens in the next couple of days, the New Orleans Hornets plan to match the offer sheet that the Phoenix Suns presented to free agent Eric Gordon. The offer is for four years and 58 million. Gordon has repeatedly asked for the Hornets to let him go to Phoenix but they are making the smart business move.
See, NBA restricted free agency has taken an ugly turn over the last couple of years. You have players that are begging for offers to not be matched. You have teams that are unwilling to bend to the whims of players. This has gotten out of hand and there is one simple thing for players to do. Take your qualifying offer.
After four years in the league, teams present a player a qualifying offer. It is below what they would get on the open market, so they almost always reject it. However, this means that they become restricted free agents. If they took the offer and played the one year out, they could become unrestricted free agents the following year.
That move is often looked down upon and for good reason. You only have a few years to make all the money that you can. Taking the QO does not get you more money up front. If you end up hurt, you just hurt yourself in the long run. However, if you really want to choose where you want to go, take the QO.
Hopefully something in the CBA comes up to resolve this issue. I am pretty sure a lot of people are sick of listening to players complain that they can not choose their own destination right away.