For the past few weeks, New Orleans Pelicans guard Erick Gordon’s name has been popping up as a player who may or may not be on the trade block.
However, it wasn’t too long ago that Gordon was thought to be a key part of the Pelicans re-building years – that has quickly changed. Injuries and rust has not allowed Gordon to really prove himself to the Pelicans, it would appear, and his time may in fact be up in New Orleans. At least, that’s what the rumor mill is spitting out.
And just like many players who learn that their name could be on the trade block, Gordon isn’t too happy. It sounds like he wants some type of “closure” to this whole “will they or won’t they trade me” situation:
“It would be great to have that security to know if you’re going to be here or not,” Gordon said. “At the end of the day, I can’t worry about that. All I can do is worry about trying to win.”
Obviously, much like the Pelicans, Gordon feels like he can offer more to this team. He’s averaging 16 points per game this season, when he plays. If he hasn’t showed that he can be that 20 points per game scorer for the Pelicans, he’s at least shown that he can stay considerably healthy. This season, Gordon has played in 40 of the team’s 43 games.
Still, at the end of the day, it’s not enough in Gordon’s eyes.
“Individually, I think I can give more, do more,” Gordon said after practice Monday, one day after his 14 points helped the Pelicans win for the third time in four games. “People here think I should be this big-time 20-point (per game) scorer. This is more of a team game here, this system here. It’s a different adjustment. For me, now it’s all about playing as many games as possible and getting my body back to being used to playing an 82-game season, because I haven’t had that in almost two to three years now.”
According to ESPN, the Pelicans have declined to discuss whether they’ve entertained trade proposals involving Gordon.
Either way, we, and Gordon, will know soon enough. The NBA trade deadline is Feb 20.