Pelicans’ Eric Gordon has surgery on left ankle

Associated Press photo by ERIC GAY -- The Hornets' Eric Gordon shoots a free throw during the first quarter against the Spurs in January in San Antonio.
Associated Press photo by ERIC GAY -- The Hornets' Eric Gordon shoots a free throw during the first quarter against the Spurs in January in San Antonio.

NEW ORLEANS — Pelicans guard Eric Gordon, who has been hampered by right knee injuries the past two seasons, had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday, the team announced.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, the team said, and was meant to alleviate pain caused by scar tissue. Gordon is expected to begin rehabilitation immediately and return to the court this summer, when coach Monty Williams has scheduled development workouts for his players.

Gordon missed a game March 26 against the Denver Nuggets because of what was said to be a sore left ankle. He tweeted a picture of the ankle, turned slightly to the side to show swelling. He returned for the next game.

But Gordon said his return from the right knee injury made for “a tough season.”

“It was a tough adjustment coming back at not 100 percent and dealing with my knee and other issues — my back and just different things along the way,” he said. “Then you come into the game and you have restrictions, you have a set amount of time each quarter and you’re trying to get into a groove.”

Gordon played in just 42 games. He missed the first 29 after being diagnosed with a patella disorder and bruised knee. When he returned, he didn’t play the second of back-to-back games but still led the team in scoring at 17.0 points per game.

The 24-year-old also missed games after injuring a hand when he bumped into a teammate during a shoot-around. He had a blow-up with Williams during a game April 5 at Utah but said 10 days later that it was not a big deal.

A knee injury limited Gordon to nine games during the 2011-12 season after the team acquired him in a trade that sent all-star Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. He eventually had arthroscopic surgery on the knee in February 2012 and received a four-year, $58 million offer sheet from the Phoenix Suns last summer that New Orleans matched.