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Pelicans announce Eric Gordon will miss the rest of the season

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives to the basket against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors during a game at the Smoothie King Center on October 31, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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The New Orleans Pelicans have been beset by injuries all season — Jrue Holiday is still on a minutes limit, big men Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca have missed significant time, and Tyreke Evans is out for the year. In January, Eric Gordon underwent surgery to repair a fractured right ring finger and missed 16 games rehabbing. He returned on February 27 and played in four games for the Pelicans before reinjuring the same finger, requiring another surgery.

The Pelicans announced in a press release Tuesday that Gordon will miss the rest of the 2015-16 season:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon underwent successful surgery this afternoon to repair his fractured right ring finger. He will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Gordon, 6-4, 215, has appeared in 45 games this season for New Orleans, averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 32.9 minutes per contest.

The Pelicans are all but out of the playoff hunt at this point, but Gordon had a solid season when he did play, shooting 38.4 percent from three-point range. For Gordon, the timing of the injury is unfortunate given his previous injury history and the fact that he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, hoping to cash in with the salary cap projected to jump to around $90 million. He’ll still likely get paid well this summer, but this injury isn’t going to help him.