Nov 29, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks for a pass as Philadelphia 76ers center Lavoy Allen (50) defends during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Pelicans defeated the Sixers 121-105. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Lottery Update: Pelicans Shut Down Davis + Gordon

Per reports, the Pelicans have shut down Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon for the remainder of the season, or the final four games for New Orleans.

Eric Gordon will be having arthroscopic surgery this off-season, which adds to his consistent injury issues. When he’s on the court, he’s been productive — that’s a fact. However, Gordon has been off the court more than on in recent history. Pulling Anthony Davis is sort of a precautionary move, as he has been injury-prone in his first two season in the NBA. Davis has missed 11 games this season.

This move indicates that the Pelicans are fully moving onto next season, after a disaster first season under the Pelicans name. Season ending injuries to Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson really derailed any chance the Pelicans had in a brutal Western Conference. The Pelicans currently sit at 32-46 on the season, losers of their last six games. If the Pelicans lost their last four games, they would end the season at 32-50, which would probably only move them one spot up ahead of Cleveland in the worst record race.

The Pelicans are currently slated at the No. 10 spot in the lottery, according to This pick, obviously, belongs to the Sixers, which is why this is relevant. The pick is top-five protected, but four more losses won’t increase the chances that this pick lands in the top-five dramatically. Expect this pick to stay in the 9-11 range, which is perfect.

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