Report: Eric Gordon leaning toward return to Pelicans next season
"Continuity" is one of the great buzz words around the NBA these days. The Miami Heat had it for a few seasons after losing their first NBA Finals of the LeBron James era, and they won two titles. The San Antonio Spurs had it after losing to the Heat in 2013, and they turned that familiarity with each other (and their opponent) into a title in 2014. It was the cited reason for the Golden State Warriors not pulling the trigger on a Klay Thompson-for-Kevin Love trade.
And despite the introduction of new coach Alvin Gentry for next season, the New Orleans Pelicans are in for a little bit of continuity of their own, according to a report which states that guard Eric Gordon is leaning toward picking up his contract option for next season to stay with the Pelicans. According to the Times-Picayune, "a source close to Eric Gordon said he is leaning toward opting-in to play out the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Pelicans."
Beyond what it means for the Pelicans, this is the right financial move for Gordon. He's healthy for the first time in a long while, and next season should see an even further return to form. With the salary cap set to expand over the next couple seasons, entering free agency next summer instead of this affords Gordon the opportunity to make himself significantly more wealthy on his next contract.
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