Asked about Gordon’s status for the team’s season opener Wednesday night vs. San Antonio, Hornets coach Monty Williams said, “He’s gonna be out, and the way I understand it, he’s gonna be out indefinitely until we get some clarity as to what’s going on.”
Gordon did not play at all in the preseason due to the knee injury before participating in full contact practices Sunday and Monday.
Acquired by the Hornets in the Chris Paul trade as the centerpiece of their rebuilding project, Gordon was limited to just nine games last season, also due to a knee injury. He bruised his right knee in the season opener, sat four games before playing again, then sat out before returning in April.
While sidelined, Gordon first opted for rest and rehabilitation before deciding to have surgery in mid-February. He played in seven of the team’s last 13 games and finished with averages of 20.6 points and 3.4 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Gordon spent his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged career highs of 22.3 points and 4.4 assists in the 2010-11 season, when he missed 26 games, primarily due to a wrist injury.
While Gordon was sidelined last season, he and the Hornets were unable to reach agreement on a contract extension. He entered the offseason as a restricted free agent and received a maximum four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns, which the Hornets matched.
Afterward, Gordon expressed his displeasure at the process and criticized Hornets management for not making the first offer.
Also this summer, Gordon was one of the final cuts by Team USA.