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Eric Gordon | Guard

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/25/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
College: Indiana
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Eric Gordon (knee surgery) said that he'll be a "full go for everything" when the Pelicans begin training camp.
"From five weeks after surgery [in mid-April] I've been doing a lot of lifting," Gordon said. "I definitely want to be an All-Star. I've come close a couple of times. For the past three years, injuries have slowed me down." Offseason optimism is always heart-warming, but the reality is that Gordon's knees have caused him to miss 141 games over the past four seasons. Sep 23 - 7:21 PM

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Eric Gordon (knee surgery) said on Wednesday that he is 100 percent healthy and has been working out at the Pelicans practice facility.

He had arthroscopic knee surgery back in April and has taking part in basketball activities since June. Gordon hasn't been able to stay on the court for basically his whole career and his balky knees will cause him to slide in your fantasy draft. He may get moved to the bench and there's probably a better late-round target than EJ.
Aug 27 - 3:04 PM

Eric Gordon (left knee surgery) said it's been "smooth sailing" since he returned to the court in June.

Gordon had surgery in April but he described it as "a minor cleanup," and he's working to regain his former offensive dominance. "I’ve really been working on explosiveness to the rim, trying to beat people [off the dribble]," he said. "I don’t think I was very consistent [last season], because with all of the injuries, it would slow me down at times, because I would be so hesitant to make a move or even explode to the basket at times." It's nice to hear him healthy and excited about the upcoming season, but his lengthy injury history gives him a red flag in fantasy drafts.
Aug 27 - 1:54 PM

Eric Gordon (left knee surgery) is healthy and "in great shape," according to Pelicans GM Dell Demps.

His attitude toward being in New Orleans seems to have improved, as he voluntarily spent time with the Pelicans during Summer League, and said he expects to make the playoffs if the team stays healthy. Gordon missed 18 games last season and has averaged 32.2 DNPs over the past five years, so fantasy owners should view him skeptically on draft day.
Aug 19 - 4:53 PM

Eric Gordon expects the Pelicans to make the 2014-15 playoffs if everyone stays healthy.

"If we’re healthy, we’re for sure a playoff team," Gordon said. "It’s all about us getting together and playing because the West is tough." Gordon has played just 106 games over his first two seasons in New Orleans, so keeping him on the court would be a small victory for the Pelicans. The 25-year-old's career averages of 17.5 points, 1.7 three-pointers, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals show he can be productive, but his injury history can't be discounted.
Aug 7 - 1:21 PM

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.
Jun 16 - 6:15 PM

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.
Jun 11 - 5:44 PM

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 [25]. 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, 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," Williams said. "When you look at Tyreke and his effectiveness as a starter, you can't just sneeze at that." 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.
May 13 - 9:31 AM

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.
Apr 17 - 12:09 PM

Eric Gordon will have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to clean up his left knee, but he's expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp.

Gordon has never had surgery on his left knee before, though his right knee has given him trouble throughout his brief career. He averaged 15.4 points per game this season but shot only 43.6 percent from the field, and returned season-long 10th-round value.
Apr 16 - 12:19 PM

The scope Eric Gordon will undergo next week is the first surgery on his left knee.

Gordon's right knee is the one that has been surgically repaired previously. So if there's a shred of good news here, it's that this is only a scope and the right knee is OK. Still, Dynasty owners should note that Gordon has never played in more than 64 games in a season and his knee woes are chronic. He's not going to be an appealing 2014-15 fantasy play.
Apr 11 - 10:05 AM

Eric Gordon (left knee) will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season and undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The writing has been on the wall for Gordon for the past couple weeks. He's been dealing with tendinitis in his left knee, which is not the knee that cost him almost 100 games in the previous two seasons. He's a talented guy and turned in a solid season, but fantasy owners just can't tolerate his lack of durability down the stretch. Anthony Morrow has stepped it up and is a nice pickup in all standard leagues.
Apr 10 - 1:40 PM

Eric Gordon (knee) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday.

The smart money is on Gordon getting shut down for the year and coach Monty Williams said on Tuesday that's likely to happen. Anthony Morrow has been very effective lately and has quickly become a solid start in standard fantasy leagues for his 3-point output. Gordon can be cut across the board and hopefully you've already done so.
Apr 9 - 3:46 PM

Pelicans coach Monty Williams does not expect Eric Gordon (left knee tendinitis) to return this season.

Gordon continues to get his knee evaluated but he's been out for eight games and there's no reason for him to risk further injury with five games remaining in a lottery-bound season. In 64 appearances this season, Gordon averaged 15.4 points, 1.6 threes, 2.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 44 percent from the field and 79 percent at the free throw line. Add in 2.1 turnovers per game and he failed to crack the top 100 in nine-cat leagues.
Apr 8 - 2:45 PM

Eric Gordon (left knee tendinitis) is not expected to travel for Sunday's game in Portland.

Gordon didn't travel for Friday's game so that his knee could be examined, though the results haven't been disclosed. The oft-injured SG has missed eight straight games and it's possible that he's done for the season, though coach Monty Williams said he'll be evaluated on a game-by-game basis. Anthony Morrow has stepped up nicely in Gordon's absence.
Apr 5 - 2:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Russ Smith
3Austin Rivers
4Jimmer Fredette
SG1Eric Gordon
2John Salmons
3Darius Miller
4Dionte Christmas
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Luke Babbitt
3Scotty Hopson
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey
4Patric Young