The New Orleans Pelicans are suffering some pain in more then one way. Leading scorer, Ryan Anderson has been out for now three games and looks like he will be on the bench not in his uniform for a while now. When you lose your leading scorer and leader, you lose part of your identity. Not only have the Pelicans lost Anderson due to injury, they have also lost their point guard. Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right ankle. He was averaging 14.3 PPG and 7.9 APG on the season.
Not only have the Pelicans lost to players due to injuries, they are now on a three game losing streak. The Pelicans thought that the three-guard offense would work out, but so far this season it has not. They are giving a bunch of money to Eric Gordon, who has been producing, but his production doesn’t equal out to what the Pelicans are paying him. Gordon scored 23 points against the Wizards in the Pelicans last game, but he didn’t score a single point in the fourth quarter.
What does this all mean for the Pelicans? Rumor has it that the Pelicans are trying to shop Eric Gordon around. Gordon is averaging 15.6 PPG and 3.1 PPG this season. Although, Gordon isn’t helping his team get wins. Gordon is going to score points, but if the Pelicans are paying him that much money, he needs to be making his teammates better and he needs to help this team get wins. Which he hasn’t been doing this season.
The Pelicans are probably going to get a couple offers for Gordon, but will it be what they are looking for? Gordon doesn’t have the best value, because he only played 51 games out of 148 games in his first two years with New Orleans. Although, lately Gordon has been pretty healthy.
The Pelicans need to make the playoffs this year. The franchise has been alive for 25 years now. They have zero NBA Championships, zero Conference Titles, one division title, and only 11 playoff appearances. Their last playoff appearance was during the 2010-2011 season. They are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-19. They are now 5 games out of 8th place, which is currently being held by the Dallas Mavericks.
The Pelicans need a center that can score the ball. None of the centers on their roster are averaging over 10 PPG. The Pelicans starting center is averaging 4.5 PPG this season. I mean come on man. You are a starting center in the NBA. You need to be getting tip-ins and working your magic down low. You aren’t going to win many games with your centers not scoring points. They also need another big man who can play inside out. With Anderson and Holiday now out indefinitely, the Pelicans are in need of some scoring.
We all can go to the NBA Trade Machine page on the Internet and make up some crazy trades for the Pelicans, but we will see if any of those crazy trades actually come true. This NBA season is just a few games under being halfway done and the Pelicans are in danger of missing the playoffs, yet again. The Pelicans Eric Gordon is on the trading block, but what can they get for him? Are the Pelicans better off tanking from now on this season and getting a good player in this years strong draft class? Or do the Pelicans try to go out and make a solid trade before the trade deadline? The Pelicans need to make the playoffs this year and the only way they get that goal accomplished is if they trade Eric Gordon away.
The Pelicans play the Dallas Mavericks at home tonight at 7 p.m. and then go to Dallas tomorrow to play in the American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Pelicans are chasing the Mavericks for that last spot (8th spot) in the Western Conference, so if the Pelicans can get these two wins against the Mavericks in the next two days, it would give this Pelican team a lot of confidence moving forward.