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Eric Gordon Leaning Toward Opting In to Contract, per Report

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has explored the market for possible long-term deals elsewhere, but Gordon is ultimately expected to opt in to his $15.5 million contract for next season, according to RealGM’s Shams Charania.

Gordon wasn’t thrilled about being in New Orleans when he signed an offer sheet with the Phoenix Suns in 2012, but the situation is a bit better for him now. The Pelicans are on the rise with Anthony Davis leading the team, and there’s excitement building with the hiring of Alvin Gentry as head coach. Gentry was coach of the Suns when Gordon signed the offer sheet with them in 2012.

Gordon enjoyed a solid season in New Orleans despite missing 21 games. He averaged 13.4 points and 3.8 assists while shooting a scorching 44.8 percent from three in the regular season. In the first-round series against the Golden State Warriors, he averaged 18.5 points and 3.8 assists while shooting 44.4 percent overall and 40.6 percent from three.

If Gordon can stay mostly healthy next season and continue to play well, he could get another nice payday when the salary cap explodes in 2016. Injuries have been a problem throughout his career, but he’s managed to play at least 61 games the last two years.

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