Eric Gordon SG NO 5 Days
Gordon (back) is expected to play in Monday's preseason game against the Wizards, The Times-Picayune reports.
Gordon has been a full participant in practice for the last two days and hasn't suffered any recurring back spasms. Successfully participating in Monday's preseason game would mean that he'll likely be ready to go for the start of the regular season on Oct. 28 against the Magic.
Eric Gordon SG NO 7 Days
Gordon (back) participated in Friday's practice, the Times-Picayune's John Reid reports.
The Pelicans won't decide if Gordon can play in Monday's preseason game until Sunday, at the earliest. However, it's encouraging that he was able to practice after sitting out Thursday's game with back spasms, and he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Eric Gordon SG NO 9 Days
Gordon (back) is doubtful to play Thursday against Oklahoma City, Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Gordon said his back tightened up after Tuesday's exhibition, and he's been dealing with spasms for the past day or so. While Gordon indicated the spasms are nothing serious, he'll likely be held out of action Thursday to avoid any aggravation.
Eric Gordon SG NO 16 Days
Gordon scored 15 points (4-12 FG, 1-5 3P, 6-6 FT) with two rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during Wednesday's preseason game against the Wizards.
With Tyreke Evans currently sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Gordon should get a long look in the preseason as the starting shooting guard. Gordon hasn't exactly been an iron man in his career either, however, so even if he plays well enough in Evans' absence to secure a starting job, it might only be a matter of time before he breaks down and gives it right back.
Eric Gordon SG NO 1 Month
Gordon�finally healthy after a myriad of injuries�is willing to play whatever role coach Monty Williams has in mind for him this season, the Times-Picayune reports.
Gordon may be ticketed for a bench role this season, both in an effort to keep his oft-injured body healthy and to give a starting spot to Tyreke Evans, who thrived in 22 starts a season ago. However, the shooting guard made it clear that he and Evans can share the court at the same time due to their different styles of play�and the two should see plenty of time together. Regardless of what his role will be this year, Gordon has his sights set on playing alongside Anthony Davis in the All-Star game this season. Though motivation for a player is never a bad thing, there are likely too many mouths to feed in the talented New Orleans offense for Gordon to truly shine.
Eric Gordon SG NO 2 Months
Gordon is experiencing a normal offseason for the first time since joining New Orleans in 2011, the Pelican's team website reports
The shooting guard is finally healthy coming into a season, and believes that the explosiveness that made him so dangerous early in his career could be back for this year. Gordon averaged a career-worst 15.4 points per game last season, but could be looking at a bigger campaign if his health doesn't fail him.
Eric Gordon SG NO 4 Months
Two months removed from undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that ended his 2013-14 season early, Eric Gordon says "the knee is doing well."
"I've been running, moving around very well now. There's no rush but I mean I'm good now." Gordon hasn't yet begun working out with other players, instead focusing on getting his body right. "I'll start playing around July," Gordon said. Gordon played just 64 games last season, the most games he's played since his 2008-09 rookie campaign, and that tells you about all you need to know with regards to the injury risk Gordon carries with him. Gordon has two years left on his four-year max deal worth $58 million. The final year, 2015-16, is a player option.
Eric Gordon SG NO 5 Months
Eric Gordon (knee surgery) is expected to resume basketball activity this month.
"Over the previous two to three years, I've been forced to mostly focus on rehabbing and my body recovering, instead of working out like I want to, as far as lifting and building muscle," Gordon said. "I'm going to change various things this year, so that I can make sure every time I get on the court, I'm the best athlete on the floor, like I was a few years ago, before I came to New Orleans." He had arthroscopic surgery back on Apr. 16 and has missed more games than he's played while in New Orleans. Fantasy owners probably can let someone else deal with him in drafts next year.
Eric Gordon SG NO 5 Months
The Pelicans are considering bringing Eric Gordon off the bench as their sixth man next season.
When asked about his willingness to come off the bench, Gordon replied in an email,''I won't get into that because I thought they brought me here to lead and set the tone for the team. I've got a lot to prove in my career and I'm still young .So the more durable I am will really show what I'm capable of." Gordon did average 15.4 points this season and started 64 games at shooting guard this season , but his most recent knee surgery combined with Tyreke Evans' strong play down the stretch gives coach Monty Williams something to think about, ''I have thought about Tyreke in a starting role. For whatever reason, it clicks for him," Williams said. "When you look at Tyreke and his effectiveness as a starter, you can't just sneeze at that. It's a valid conversation.'' Williams' decision will have a big effect on each players' fantasy value, so we'll be keeping a close eye on this one as the season approaches.
Eric Gordon SG NO 6 Months
The strong play of Tyreke Evans and another round of knee surgery for Eric Gordon could mean that Gordon comes off the bench next season, if he's not traded by the Pelicans.
Tyreke Evans spent much of this season at small forward, which is not ideal for him due to the fact he has to worry about guarding the other team's best player on most nights. Once Evans got comfortable at shooting guard late in the season he basically took over. And given Gordon's struggles with injuries and questions about desire over the years, starting Evans and bringing Gordon off the bench actually makes a lot of sense.