Fresh off of a euphoric win at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the New Orleans Pelicans were given some bittersweet news regarding their guard rotation. One piece of news was bitter, the other was sweet.
Let's start with the bitter news first. Rip off the band-aid real quick.
Sources: #Pelicans starting SG Bryce Dejean-Jones (broken wrist) expected to miss 6-8 weeks. Terrible break for the rookie.— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 25, 2016
Bryce Dejean-Jones was swiftly becoming one of my favorite players to watch on the team, combining an underrated burst of athleticism with the expected hunger of a player who is fighting to earn his keep in the world of the NBA. The 6-8 week timetable is an optimistic view in my estimation.
Basketball players use their wrists for a ton of different movements including: shooting, ball handling, and defending passes or shots. As the Los Angeles Clippers are finding out with Blake Griffin, there is no use in returning back from a broken wrist before the player is 100% confident in using it correctly. Timelines with this sort of injury can be muggy and ever-changing. Do not expect to see Dejean-Jones for the remainder of the season.
Now that the doom and gloom is over with, it was announced today that Eric Gordon will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night against the springy Minnesota Timberwolves.
Eric Gordon will be back tomorrow.— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) February 26, 2016
Gordon will undoubtedly be a bit rusty, but it will be a pleasure having his outside shooting prowess on the floor to give Anthony Davis some breathing room to operate within amongst the sluggish starting five.
Following up: Eric Gordon will start tomorrow, too— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) February 26, 2016
Of course, it is a shame that Gordon did not return prior to the trade deadline as he was a prime candidate to be involved in any potential Sacramento Kings deal. One has to assume that he would have been a key cog in a Tobias Harris deal with his hefty expiring contract. Although he did not ever play for Scott Skiles, so that may have just been a pipe dream. But I can still dream, dammit.
Anyways, enjoy watching Gordon chuck up threes while you can. This may be the last extended stretch we see him in a Pelicans uniform with his free agency impending.
The journey to 32 wins moves onward and upward.