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May 7, 2015 Updates

Gordon has until June 29 to decide whether he will play the final year of his four-year, $58 million contract in New Orleans or opt out to pursue free agency. It appears unlikely Gordon will opt out because of the $15.5 million he is scheduled to make with the Pelicans next season likely won't be matched in free agency. But Gordon said last week that he is not ready to reveal his plans yet. ''There's no decision on that right now at all," Gordon said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Eric Gordon is expected to exercise his $15.5 million player option for next season as he and Anderson enter the final year of their respective deals, Cole will be a restricted free agent and the Pelicans' 2015 first-round pick will be conveyed to Houston as part of the Asik trade. ESPN.com

March 19, 2015 Updates

''I have matured more,'' Gordon said. ''But I would say a lot of people doubted me because you know they thought I didn't want to be here. I'm here to do what's best for the team as always. It has been a different road, but the support system is a lot better. I just believe when you think about winning, people do things and think positive. I just tried to get healthy, do the things that I can do to help this team.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 18, 2015 Updates

Last season, Gordon was relatively unscathed until the final month of the season, even leading the Pelicans in minutes played for a good stretch of the year, when knee issues cost him the last 18 games of the season. And it could have been more of the same this year were it not for Gordon's resolve to rehabilitate a painful torn labrum in his left shoulder instead of undergoing surgery that essentially would have terminated his season after only a dozen games. "He just doesn't get enough credit for that," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "He could have had the surgery months ago when it happened and gotten himself ready for next year, which would be a contract year for him. Most guys would have opted for that. "His decision to hold off on that and help our team, I think, has been one of the unsung acts of this year, him not having that surgery. Who knows where we'd be if we didn't have Eric. And who knows where we would have been had he been healthy those 20 (actually 21) games." New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 13, 2015 Updates

For example, why is New Orleans guard Eric Gordon, who entered this season as a career 36.8 percent three-point shooter, connecting on a sizzling 46.1 percent of his attempts this season, the second-best rate in the NBA? According to Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson, a former NBA guard who works extensively with the team’s backcourt players, it’s almost entirely been a matter of Gordon’s improved health. Gordon has battled injuries since coming to New Orleans in 2011, most often related to his right knee, causing him to miss 100-plus games over four seasons. He’s rarely entered a Pelicans training camp at 100 percent. The fall of 2014 was finally different, however, with the seven-year NBA veteran able to go through training camp and preseason without any limitations. NBA.com

“He’s a sticker. He can shoot,” said point guard Norris Cole, who made his Pelicans debut in that game, facing his ex-team. “Everyone in the league knows the scouting report: Close out on him. And even if you close out on him, he can still make it. He’s a prolific shooter. Obviously he works on it a lot.” That too has been critical to Gordon’s improvement. Though he suffered more bad luck Nov. 22 when a right shoulder injury at Utah caused him to miss 21 games, his lower body has been fine all season, providing the basis for a career shooting year. “What helps is he’s getting the reps up, because he’s healthy now,” Vinson said. “He’s more apt to be in the gym getting up extra shots, as opposed to being in the training room, trying to protect his body and prepare himself to be able to play. Now that he’s healthy, he can get out on the court early before shootaround, or get extra shots in after practice. He’s able to say, ‘OK, I feel good, I can get those extra shots up.’ His health has been huge.” NBA.com

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New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon, who has missed 21 games with a shoulder injury, says he expects to start in Monday night's home game against Washington. The Pelicans have also announced that Tyreke Evans is ill and that his status for the game is questionable. The club has officially listed Gordon as probable. ESPN.com

New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon, who has missed 21 games with a shoulder injury, has returned to practice and says he might play in Monday night's home game against Washington. Gordon says his status against the Wizards will likely be decided shortly before tip-off, after he's had a chance to participate in a shoot around early Monday and pregame warmups that evening. NBA.com

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Nakia Hogan: Eric Gordon said surgery is a last resort. He has talked to Kobe and Carmelo about dealing with injury and playing through the pain. Twitter @nakiahogan

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