Hornets make Gordon a restricted free agent

The New Orleans Hornets announced the extension of a qualifying offer to guard Eric Gordon on Thursday.

Gordon played in only nine games last season, his first with the Hornets, due to a knee injury that plagued him throughout the year. With New Orleans holding the first pick in Thursday's draft, it is likely the team plans to pair him with presumptive selection Anthony Davis for the upcoming years.

A former Clipper who came to New Orleans in the trade involving Chris Paul, Gordon is seen around the league as an up-and-coming star shooting guard. He has a career scoring average of 18.2 points on over 45 percent shooting.

His best season came in 2010-11, when he averaged 22.3 points per game for Los Angeles.