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Pelican’s Eric Gordon re-fractures same finger that sidelined him for 15 games

Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) drives past Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


Well, that sucks.

Eric Gordon had been back in the Pelican’s lineup for four games after missing the previous 15 with a fractured ring finger on his right hand. But guess what happened this weekend:

He re-fractured that exact same finger Saturday against Utah while trying to swipe the ball out of Rudy Gobert’s hands. Head coach Alvin Gentry guessed he would be out six to eight weeks, and while that is not official it would mean Gordon’s season is over.

He had averaged 15.2 points per game, and while he wasn’t efficient (or a long-term answer) New Orleans could have used his scoring. This season fit his pattern of missed time — he has missed 152 games in five seasons. And now that number is about to go up.

Gordon is a free agent this summer and he’s one of those guys that could get a contract that leaves the Twitterverse shaking its proverbial head. Think of it this way: The average NBA salary (the mid-level exception number) is going to be around $8 million, and the average starter will make around $12 million. In that market, Gordon getting north of $10 million a year from a team that missed out on its first targets is not out of the question. The larger risk with his history is the years — how many guaranteed years do you want to give a guy with this injury history?

Gordon will be a good barometer of just how crazy the market gets this summer.