The New Orleans Pelicans have been beset by injuries all season — Jrue Holiday is still on a minutes limit, big men Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca have missed significant time, and Tyreke Evans is out for the year. In January, Eric Gordon underwent surgery to repair a fractured right ring finger and missed 16 games rehabbing. He returned on February 27 and played in four games for the Pelicans before reinjuring the same finger, requiring another surgery.
The Pelicans announced in a press release Tuesday that Gordon will miss the rest of the 2015-16 season:
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon underwent successful surgery this afternoon to repair his fractured right ring finger. He will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
Gordon, 6-4, 215, has appeared in 45 games this season for New Orleans, averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 32.9 minutes per contest.
The Pelicans are all but out of the playoff hunt at this point, but Gordon had a solid season when he did play, shooting 38.4 percent from three-point range. For Gordon, the timing of the injury is unfortunate given his previous injury history and the fact that he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, hoping to cash in with the salary cap projected to jump to around $90 million. He’ll still likely get paid well this summer, but this injury isn’t going to help him.