Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon will miss another six weeks after he undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday.

Gordon first suffered the injury in the season opener against Phoenix and experienced swelling in the knee upon his return against Philadelphia on January 4. Doctors recommended treatment and rest, but have now decided surgery is the best option.

"After consulting with our medical staff, we concluded that surgery was the best route and in the best interest of Eric for the long term. We had hoped with rest and rehab, Eric's knee would have healed," Hornets general manager Dell Demps said. "Eric is eager to return to the court and we are confident Hornet fans will get to see him soon."

Gordon, acquired in mid-December by the Hornets as part of the Chris Paul trade, averaged 22.3 points for the Clippers in 2010-11. He put up 20 and 22 points in his only two games this season.

New Orleans defeated the Jazz on Monday but still sits in the basement of the Southwest Division standings with a 5-23 record.