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Eric Gordon thinks there’s ‘a good to great chance’ he’ll be back with the Pelicans

Jul 4, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

Eric Gordon AP

The NBA franchise in New Orleans now known as the Pelicans has been plenty busy this offseason, but all of their moves have involved relatively big-name guards who have the ability to score.

On the surface, that seems like an odd choice.

Eric Gordon is in that position for the Pelicans at a salary of over $14 million, escalating up to $15.5 million over the next three seasons. When healthy he’s a dynamic scorer who many believe is deserving of that contract, but the fact is that he’s managed to play only 51 games in total over the last two seasons due to injury.

There’s also the little issue of Gordon wanting out of New Orleans when he was a restricted free agent, when he famously said his “heart was in Phoenix” after signing a max offer sheet to play for the Suns, which the then-Hornets went ahead and matched.

The moves made by the club so far have Gordon changing his tune, however, and he not only sounds happier to be where he is, but expects to be back next season.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

“I’m all in with the Pelicans,” said Gordon, who has been friends with Holiday and Evans since their AAU days. “It would be great if we can all play together. I would say we’d definitely have a chance to make the playoffs.”

While Gordon and point guard Greivis Vasquez could be candidates for a sign-and-trade, Gordon doesn’t expect that to be the case for him.

“I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent, but I do feel comfortable I am coming back,” Gordon said. “I think there is a good to great chance I will be back.”

The Pelicans made a draft-day trade to acquire All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday from the Sixers, and have tendered a four-year, $44 million offer sheet to Tyreke Evans, which he has reportedly agreed to sign.

Despite Gordon’s hunches, he may indeed be a candidate for a trade if the team believes his injury history or attitude is no longer a match for the franchise. But it’s not a surprise that for now, Greivis Vasquez is the odd man out in New Orleans, given his serviceable skill set at a much more affordable price.

  1. readysethike - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Gordon will be traded…they brought evans in to play the 2

  2. fm31970 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I wonder if the Suns are still interested in him after the front office changes? If Evans end up in N.O., I’d rather see them keep Vasquez and deal Gordon. Gordon, Holiday, and Evans is a bit of a logjam.

  3. patfic15 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    No thanks. Trade this guy and get someone who can play 82 games. How the hell are you not 100%? You’ve barely played in two years. Gordon’s lone bright spot was the game winner he hit in his first few games as a Hornet/Pelican. Since then? Nothing.

    • stephenlin - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      I believe Gordon meant he’s not 100% sure that he’ll end up with the Pelicans next season, not that he’s not at 100% health-wise.

  4. bkallday52 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    If he can stay healthy it would be cool to see the trio of Holiday Gordon and Evans play together .. i think it can work

    • spursareold - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      They’ll probably keep him for a while, but he’ll likely be shopped around and moved at the deadline. They cannot tie up that much money in their back court. I think Jrue’s contract extension kicks in next year.

  5. saintlaron - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    gordon for granger. both need fresh starts.

  6. sportsnut101 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Not gonna work the backcourt is now making 35 mill a yr n they all are average players not all star players def not franchise players

    Hope they move Gordon his ego n attitude is annoying n he’s not even healthy pelicans should of let him walk last yr cuz no1 wants him this yr

  7. doubleogator - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Hasn’t been healthy for two years poor health and poor attitude…bye bye Eric

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