INDIANAPOLIS - If dozens of enthusiastic young basketball that gathered around him Monday afternoon are only the first part of a busy summer for Eric Gordon.
From camps at home to tournaments overseas and his professional future stateside, the North Central High School grad must be ready for anything.
"It's always something new each year," said Gordon of the summer-and it could begin with a trip to London.
The guard was one of 20 selected as a finalist for the 2012 USA Olympic Basketball team and will find out if he makes the final roster of 12 on June 18th.
Should that happen it will prove to set up Gordon for an interesting ride in the world of free agency. At the moment he remains the property of the Hornets as a restricted free agent, which means that any offer Gordon receives from a team New Orleans will have the right to match to retain him.
"Of course you want to play on a winning team, be on a championship-caliber team and try to help them get there," said Gordon of the characteristics of a team he'd like to end up with. "The best thing about it is that I'm young, I'm 23, so I could play on a younger team."
A squad that fits the bill right now is his hometown Pacers, who have an average age of 26 and are one of the rising franchises in this league. Chatter among fans seems to favor a homecoming for Gordon, who had a successful run at Indiana after a standout career at North Central High School.
Gordon had his 2011-2012 season cut to just nine games due to a knee injury but was effective when he played, scoring 20.6 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
"Definitely a possibility," said Gordon of joining the Pacers. "But there is also a possibility I could go elsewhere. I look forward to seeing where I end up, seeing the next destination, but I could also end up in New Orleans since I'm a restricted free agent."
One thing for sure this summer is Gordon's basketball camp which is now in it's fourth year. He's been joined by his father Eric Sr. along with Australian professional player Andrew Warren in helping run the kids through drills over a three-day period.
"The No. 1 thing is skills," said Gordon of what he wants to make sure the kids take away from the camps. "Do they have the right technique, shooting technique and so forth."
It's those things that have set up Gordon himself for a summer like no other.