When the New Orleans Hornets return to the floor this fall, shooting guard Eric Gordon hopes that fans understand his comments regarding the contract offer he signed with the Phoenix Suns – matched by the Hornets – and realize they were uttered in a business context with no malicious forethought.

Gordon, in Orlando this week to watch an amateur basketball tournament in which his younger brother is playing, tried to clarify his position regarding the four-year, $58 million contract offer he received from the Suns, one year, and less money than the Hornets could have paid Gordon had they opted to try to negotiate a long-term deal with Gordon rather than allow him to set his own market value through free agency.