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Pelicans’ Gordon has arthroscopic surgery on left ankle

May 10, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans Reuters

This just adds to the fun.

After what we will politely call a rough season for Eric Gordon in New Orleans, the Pelicans announced on Friday that the guard underwent “a successful arthroscopic procedure yesterday in his left ankle to alleviate pain caused by particles of scar tissue.”

He should be fine and back for training camp.

Gordon’s trials started last summer when, as a restricted free agent, he got the Phoenix Suns to offer him a max contract then turned around and begged New Orleans not to match it saying his “heart was in Phoenix.” You can imagine how that goes over with the fan base. Gordon made the mistake of business — the Pelicans (then Hornets) were always going to match, the question was what the market was for him — become personal.

Then, while team doctors were not sure exactly what was wrong, his surgically repaired knee was still bothering him so he returned to Los Angeles for more rehab. When he did return he was pedestrian — 17 points a game but on 40.2 percent shooting, with a PER of 15.4. Well off his numbers back with the Clippers (22.3 points on 45 percent shooting, a PER of 18.5) when he looked like one of the best young two guards in the game. By the end of last season Gordon was getting in a shouting match with his coach on the sidelines.

The Pelicans shopped him around at the deadline and will again this summer, but those numbers on a max deal after another surgery is going to make it unlikely anyone takes a chance on him.

If he bounces back, he and Anthony Davis could form quite the duo in New Orleans. But that is one big “if.”

  1. echech88 - May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM


  2. sportsguy88 - May 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Hahaha, yeah, it’s Pelicans!!

  3. nawlinsmitty - May 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Mr. Benson, please get rid of the Gordon virus at any cost. It will affect the entire team!!!

  4. supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    LOL@ Pelicans!!! ROFL!!! The Pelicans!!!

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      What? Pelicans is worse than Suns, Heat, Magic, Wizards, Lakers, Knickerbockers, Pacers, Bucks, Clippers, and Jazz? Those are all either awful, weird, or misplaced… and the Bucks are prey. How would you like to be named after the animal that’s just food for other better animals? Pelicans are huge predatory birds found in Louisiana.

  5. JMClarkent - May 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Unless Phoenix is still hot for him, I don’t know that he’ll be easy to move w/o getting at least some contractual garbage in return.

  6. sportsnut101 - May 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Already ownership made a mistake with this dude. I understand not losing him for anything but now ur screwed for another yr.

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