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Report: Eric Gordon opts in with Pelicans

Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans - Game Three

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 23: Eric Gordon #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans warms up before the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2015 at Smoothie King Center 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

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Eric Gordon was reportedly looking for a escape from New Orleans. Again.

Again, he’s staying.

Last time, it was New Orleans making the call, matching his max offer sheet from the Suns.

This time, it’s Gordon’s call.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders:

Gordon wouldn’t get his $15,514,031 salary on the open market.

At 26, he’s too young to opt out just to seek a new long-term deal – especially one year before the cap skyrockets. Gordon’s best bet is trying to put together a productive season and entering free agency in the new-TV-contract landscape.

It’s been a miserable few years for Gordon, but playing with Anthony Davis offers hope – hope of easier shots and hope of playoff advancement, which raises the stock of everyone.

Gordon making the best of his situation means another year with the Pelicans – even if that’s just to position himself to sign elsewhere next summer.