Pelicans G Eric Gordon Done For Season After Undergoing Surgery
New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon had successful surgery on his broken right ring finger on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced.
Gordon broke the same finger earlier in the season, rehabbing the injury, and eventually returning to the lineup after missing 16 games.
Gordon is in the last year of a 4 year, $58 million contract he signed in 2012. He is the highest paid player on the team.
Various injuries and surgeries have led to Gordon missing significant time during his 5 year stint in New Orleans.
He becomes an unrestricted free agent following this season.
Gordon didn't draw a ton of fan support 4 years ago when he was offered a contract by the Phoenix Suns, publicly stating he hoped New Orleans wouldn't match.
However, in recent years, he has done countless work in the community, and became one of the NBA's best 3 point shooters last season when the Pelicans reached the playoffs. This season, his 3 point percentage is lower than the previous two seasons, as the entire team has struggled to meet expectations under first year head coach Alvin Gentry. Injuries across the board is one of the reasons.
Has he played his last game with the Pelicans? Never say never, but it's likely Gordon suits up elsewhere next season.