The New Orleans Pelicans have made no secret of the fact they want to trade shooting guard Eric Gordon before next week’s trade deadline. In fact, the USA Today‘s Sam Amick reported the Pelicans are “among the more active teams around.”
Gordon is owed $14.2 million in salary this season and $15.5 for the 2014-15 season. Combine that with his injury woes throughout his career and the Pelicans are having a lot of trouble finding a suitor for Gordon, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.
“The reason they can’t move Eric Gordon now,” a general manager said Sunday, “is because he’s not the same player he was before the injuries.”
And that’s why moving Gordon could come back to bite New Orleans.
Gordon’s had a bunch of injuries the last three seasons, no question — a chipped bone in his wrist cost him 18 games in 2010-11, and right knee injuries in 2011-12 and 2012-13 kept him out a total of 86 games over those two seasons — or, a full season-plus. The Clippers couldn’t wait on him any longer, and ultimately pulled the trigger to send Gordon to N’awlins (keeping Eric Bledsoe) in order to facilitate the Chris Paul deal in 2011.
Gordon is averaging 15.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this season.