So Eric Gordon says his heart is in Phoenix. That's fine. As long as his behind, game and soul are in New Orleans, the Suns can have his ticker.

Gordon raised eyebrows and heart rates last week with his public proclamations about Phoenix, whose basketball team, the Suns, stole his heart with a four-year, $58 million contract offer.

Gordon didn't stop with declaring his admiration for the Suns' generosity. He took it a step farther. Several steps, actually.

He said the Hornets have not negotiated with the same ardor as the Suns even though he knows this is how the restricted free-agency game works. Rival teams set the market with an offer. Home team decides if it wants to match.

In NBA free agency, prudence is a virtue. By letting Gordon test the market, the Hornets know where they stand before commencing negotiations. And it's about $13 million less than what it could have been if they went all in on him.

Gordon has to know this. Either he's utterly clueless about NBA business practices or he's one heck of a poker player.

But the craziest comment was Gordon's claim that he didn't know what the Hornets' plans were for him.

"They drafted another shooting guard, a combo guard like me, which tells me they have another plan," Gordon said to ESPN's Ric Bucher, alluding to rookie Austin Rivers.

We knew Gordon owned a jaw-dropping crossover, but not this kind.

Where did that one come from? Did Gordon slip into a coma while sitting out those 57 games last season with a knee injury.