Who should the Pelicans hire to replace Alvin Gentry?
With all the intangibles that Gordon brings on the table, the athletic combo forward will only make $18 million next season, and $16 million the following year. That is indeed a bargain contract for a versatile forward like Gordon, whose value climbs higher in today's positionless basketball.
Despite failing to land a playoff spot this season, there's no reason for the New Orleans Pelicans to quickly hit the panic button. Sure, the Pelicans flopped in the bubble. But on-court chemistry is very difficult to build for a young squad who went almost four months of not playing together.
The 35-year old playmaker will not become a free agent until 2022, so the only possible route to get him to the Big Apple is through a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.