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Birdfeed: Pelicans update edition

We discuss the latest injury news, Eric Gordon's opt-in chances and another 10 day contract.

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1. Yesterday, Darnell Williams of the Advocate had good news regarding Tyreke Evans.

After suffering through several ankle sprains last season, it's good to hear the one he had against the Milwaukee Bucks wasn't bad by comparison. Often times when Evans came back from an ankle injury in 2013-14, it took him several games to find his effectiveness. Considering how important every game is remaining on the docket, the Pelicans need him near the top of his game starting against the Denver Nuggets.

2. Ryan Anderson continues to rehab his knee, but he isn't close to returning.

In an interview from last week (which I can't seem to find the link for right now), Anderson stated he had been doing a lot pool work and other non-bearing weight work, but the strengthening process was going to take at least several more weeks.

3. Unfortunately, the news seemed less positive regarding Jrue Holiday.

It's unclear whether Williams is referring to the visit Holiday had close to three weeks ago with his specialist or one that he was supposed to have a few weeks after The Bird Writes last discussed his injury. Either way, considering there hasn't been an update since his supposed scheduled re-evaluation, fans should not be hopeful of a return anytime soon, and perhaps for the rest of the season.

4. Several days ago, the Epoch Times published some good quotes from Eric Gordon.

"I went into the season wanting to do something different that our team hasn’t been doing, and that’s making a lot of three-point shots," he said. "Because we have a lot of guys that can get to the rim, get to the basket, but we don’t have very many that can make a lot of threes."

It would appear Gordon's improvement with the three-ball has not been by accident. If that's the case, props to him for addressing a major team need. It has undoubtedly paid off handsomely thus far this season, especially over the last several months.

The shooting guard said that the recent update on the cap–how it won’t be "smoothed," and instead jump by tens of millions after next season–presents "good timing," seeming to hint that he’d opt in.

Finally, we can hopefully put to bed what seemed to be a fantasy from the start -- Eric Gordon opting out of his contract.

5. As it's already been posted, Elliot Williams has signed a second 10-day contract with the Pelicans. This past Monday, his performance against the Bucks was instrumental in the win. It remains to be seen whether his stay will be extended for the rest of the season.