Shooting guard Eric Gordon has said he wants to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans and sign a new deal with the team before he becomes a free agent at the end of this season.
This is a change of heart after the last time the 26-year-old was a free agent, as he wanted a move away from New Orleans.
Back in 2012, he announced he had signed a deal with the Phoenix Suns, and urged the then known as the New Orleans Hornets, not to match the offer. They decided to do so, because of the potential they believed the guard possessed, an All-Star quality.
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The Hornets at this time were not in a good position in the NBA Western Conference, but fast forward to today and under a new name, things have changed in New Orleans.
The Pelicans made the playoffs last year under a new coach Alvin Gentry, but were eliminated by the eventual NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors. This was the first time the team had made the playoffs since the 2010-11 season.
They also signed two-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis to a five-year deal back in July this year, which would have certainly swayed Gordon to stay with the team. But the more important thing for the guard is for him to stay healthy, as he has had injury problems in the past.
According to Pro Basketball Talk, Gordon said to SB's Nick Weldon: “I like the guys on this team and I think we can do some good things in the future. I’m like, why not?”
So long as he stays healthy, Gordon should be given a new contract to help the Pelicans reach the playoffs in years to come. It makes you think though how different things could have been if New Orleans had never matched the Suns offer for the guard back in 2012.