NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps didn’t give Eric Gordon the biggest vote of confidence Monday, never saying point blank that the shooting guard would definitely be with the franchise next season.
The somewhat tepid vote of confidence came during the team’s season-ending news conference at the New Orleans Arena.
“We’re always going to look at every opportunity to make the team better,” Demps sad. “With Eric Gordon or any other player, if a situation presented itself, I think we have to look at it. When you win 27 games, you’re always looking to get better.”
The fifth-year player averaged 17 points on a career-low 40 percent shooting this past season. He also had a career low in rebounds per game (1.8) and nearly a career low in 3-point shooting average (32.4 percent).
But he spent most of the season out of rhythm. Gordon played in only 42 games this season, missing 40 because of lingering issues with his right knee.
Coach Monty Williams kept him on a minutes ceiling and he played in the second game of a back-to-back only once this season.
“I thought it was tough on Eric coming back from injury, not having training camp, missing a number of games, not being able to play in back-to-backs,” Demps said. “I thought that he really tried to fight through the situation. There were some times he played with pain, and he had some offseason issues with his ankle.”
Still, the general manager wouldn’t commit yes or no whether Gordon, who has game-changing ability, would be around for the franchise’s initial year as the Pelicans.
“To say if I anticipate him being back – I don’t know if that’s something I can answer right now, or him not to be back. We’re going to sit down and evaluate every situation and opportunity,” Demps said.