While fans and analysts have a variety of opinions on the Pelicans offseason, the players seem unanimously excited after the upheaval. Even the petulant Eric Gordon seems to be optimistic, telling USA Today Sports, “”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.”
After requesting that the Pelicans not match a contract offer from the Phoenix Suns last off-season, Gordon often expressed that he did not wish to be in New Orleans. He was injured for much of last season and often appeared disinterested when healthy. However, the clear commitment to immediate success appears to have changed Gordon’s sentiments, as well as those of several teammates, including Ryan Anderson, who have expressed similar thoughts.
Gordon’s emotional shift represents an often unperceived factor in NBA analysis. As Gordon showed repeatedly last year, attitude affects production, and the Pelicans renewed commitment to winning may inspire superior play from Gordon, both boosting his value and contributing to victories.