New Orleans Pelicans: Eric Gordon Now Happy With the Team, Excited About Offseason Moves

By Ryan Heckman
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It looks like the New Orleans Pelicans don’t have to bee too concerned with young guard Eric Gordon anymore. According to USA TODAY Sports, Gordon has changed his opinion on the team and is actually quite pleased to be in New Orleans.

For a while now, the team has been shopping Gordon to see what they could get in return since he hasn’t seemed to be too thrilled about being there. After they brought in Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings, speculation grew even more in regards to a Gordon trade.

But, alas, Gordon spoke up and has decided he’s looking forward to playing with the team this year after the organization has made their roster a heck of a lot better through the draft and free agency. He talked about the addition of Evans and was especially astonished that they were able to get point guard Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers.

“It’s an all new beginning for me. That Holiday (trade) – that was surprising because he’s still a young dude. You would’ve never thought that would happen. It’s good that we have him for sure, and we’ve made some pretty good moves for sure.”

He then mentioned that he feels the organization is going in a much better direction in comparison to recent years.

“It’s definitely heading in the right direction. We’ve got a lot of good young talent that’s been experienced and they’ve proven themselves. Especially with Tyreke and Jrue, where we all can play together and break down (defenders), it just makes more opportunities for this team.”

Many believe the Pelicans can compete for a playoff spot this next year, and Gordon seems to believe that too. I don’t doubt him. The West is wide open from 6-8 and the Pelicans have improved vastly this summer. We’ll see what they can do with all the new faces in 2013.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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