METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Eric Gordon expressed confidence Tuesday that he won't be traded this season and said it would be premature to break up the team that Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams put together for this season.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday afternoon, and with 30 games left, the Pelicans (23-29) are 7½ games out of the Western Conference's final playoffs spot.
Still, they wonder how much better they might have been if not for injuries to high-scoring forward Ryan Anderson and starting point guard Jrue Holiday.
"This year we only played 20 games together as a team and that's definitely not near enough time," Gordon said. "It's going to take a full year."
Given the likelihood of Anderson missing the rest of the season and Holiday missing more games, Gordon said the Pelicans "have to possibly wait until next year" to get a better sense of how good the current mix of key players on the roster can be.
New Orleans coach Monty Williams, whose team hosts New York on Wednesday night, said "nothing has changed" regarding the condition of Holiday, a former Eastern Conference All-Star who has averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 assists in 34 games this season, but who has been out "indefinitely" with a fractured right shin since Jan. 10.
The same goes for Anderson, who'd averaged 19.8 points in 22 games before a collision with Boston's Gerald Wallace on Jan. 3 left the Pelicans' 6-foot-10 forward with a herniated disk.
Given the constant lineup shuffling, Williams said he's "not disappointed in anything" related to his team's effort.
"We're six games below .500. I mean, I don't know how that's losing, with all that we've been through," Williams said. "We've proven a lot and we're going to prove even more.
"I'm more frustrated with the injuries," Williams said. "It kind of holds you back from having the team that you envisioned on the floor. ... You've got to move on, and yet you wonder what you could have been like if you would have had those guys."
Still, roster moves might help.
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