Suns face less competition if interested in Eric Gordon

May 30, 2012, 4:22 PM | Updated: 5:58 pm

Of all the free agents the Suns may have interest in this
summer, only one would seem to be the perfect combination
of youth, talent and availability.

His name? Eric Gordon.

The 23-year-old shooting guard is coming off an injury-
plagued season in
New Orleans, where he averaged 20.6 points, 3.4 assists
and 2.8 rebounds
per game.

However, the 6-foot-3, 215 pounder has shown the ability
to be a go-to
scorer, and with the Hornets’ salary issues combined with
the Suns’
medical staff, there’s a chance Phoenix could be in the
running.

And, one team that apparently won’t be after the
restricted free agent
is the Indiana Pacers, who may have had an edge since
Gordon is from
Indianapolis and played his college ball at Indiana.

According to Indianapolis Star Pacers beat writer Mike
Wells, team
president Larry Bird is not interested.

This is not to say the Suns are interested, because
they’ve given no such indications up to this point.

However, they’ll not only have the money it would take to
sign Gordon, but a need at shooting guard, too. He’d
provide a young player the team can build around, as well
as fit next to a point guard like Steve Nash — if the
veteran sticks around.

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