Demps: no guarantee that Gordon will stay

New Orleans Pelicans jpbPelicans general manager Dell Demps said there is no assurance that Eric Gordon will play for New Orleans next season. Demps left open the possibility of an offseason trade involving Gordon.

“We are always going to look at every opportunity to make the team better,” said Demps. “So, if Eric Gordon or with any other player if the situation presented itself, we would have to look at it.”

Gordon played 42 games this season. He is due to earn more than $44 million over the next three seasons.

Demps made his remarks at the club’s season ending press conference. In the final season of the Hornets, New Orleans won 27 games, the 5th worst record in the NBA.

Several of those games were lost in the fourth quarter, often with the Hornets holding a double digit lead.

Head coach Monty Williams said responsibility for those defeats rests with him. But, he was clearly peturbed by the reference to the team’s fourth quarter woes.

“Its funny how you guys never ask the question how did you guys beat Boston, Denver, and Memphis in a row? Everybody always brings up how we lost games in the fourth quarter when we areĀ up double digits,” said Williams. “Those are things we talked about before the start of the season. We are going to have times where we are going to lose where we could have won.”

Executive vice president Mickey Loomis opened the press conference with a few remarks. He mentioned several players in the Hornets young nucleus. Gordon was not one of them.

Loomis did not field any questions. But, he did say that the Pelicans have “absolutely” the right head coach in Monty Williams. Loomis said the Pelicans “absolutely” have the right general manager in Dell Demps.

Both coach and general manager will begin their 4th season in New Orleans. But, Loomis said the club is only through one year of the job of building a championship team.