New Orleans Pelicans continue cautious approach with Eric Gordon

Mar 4, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (10) carries the ball downcourt during a game against the Orlando Magic at New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tyler Kaufman-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Gordon has appeared in 51 out of 148 possible games with the New Orleans Pelicans ever since he was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers. Gordon has missed out on a lot of action due to his bothersome knees and the Pelicans are taking a cautious approach with him at the moment.

Gordon is yet to participate in scrimmages with New Orleans, but things are certainly looking up.

“I’m able to do everything,” said Gordon. “I’ve been able to dunk. I’ve been able to move. I’ve done all that. Now it’s just all about doing all the contact stuff.

“Last year was way different because I didn’t do anything (in training camp). Last year I didn’t know when, or anything about when I’d come back. Now, I know I was fine going into training camp. This was due to being precautionary and the organization is doing the right thing.”

(via New Orleans Times-Picayune)

In previous instances Gordon was always playing through pain and also went through an ankle procedure in the offseason. This time around he seems to be feeling a lot better, but his durability is still a great question mark.

The Pelicans traded for Jrue Holiday and signed Tyreke Evans this summer, making the decision to contend for a playoff spot right now rather than rebuilding around their young core. If the Pelicans are to have a chance for postseason action Gordon’s health will be of major concern.

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