With Thursday’s trade deadline approaching, speculation persists about the New Orleans Pelicans' front office listening to offers for Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans.

But Pelicans coach Monty Williams said after Monday’s practice that he expects for both players to still be with the team after the trade deadline passes.

''I don’t know where all that stuff comes from man,’’ Williams said. ''It’s silly to me to put guys names out there like that. I don’t know how to answer that.

''I’m focused on tomorrow's practice. As far as I know, those guys are going to be here. All the trade stuff, I guess there is nothing else to talk about. It’s not something we put a lot of stock into as coaches.’’

Evans admits the trade situation is out of his hands, but he thinks Thursday’s deadline will pass without him getting moved.

The Pelicans acquired Evans in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings last summer after he agreed to New Orleans' four-year, $44 million deal as a restricted free agent.

Unable to avoid injuries, Evans has not made the type of impact that was expected before the season started. Two weeks ago, Williams urged for Evans to become a better shooter from mid-range.

''I just care about basketball and this team you know,’’ said Evans, who is averaging 12.6 points but is making only 41 percent of his shots as a backup swingman.''I can’t control anything happening that’s out of my hands. I just try to come work hard every day and help us get better.’’