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Pistons trade Ben Gordon to Bobcats for Corey Maggette

Jun 26, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

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Detroit just saved a lot of money and Charlotte just got someone who can at least put the ball in the hole.

The Pistons and Bobcats have swapped overpaid scorers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

The Detroit Pistons have traded Ben Gordon and a lottery-protected draft pick in 2013 to the Charlotte Bobcats for Corey Maggette, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night.

The deal will save the Pistons approximately $14.7 million on the two years remaining on Gordon’s contract. He’s slated to make $25.6 million over the term of his deal. Maggette has $10.9 million left on an expiring contract.

I like this move for Charlotte — they needed scoring last year (and defense, and rebounding and…) and if nothing else Gordon can bring that. Given a green light Gordon will be a gunner.

Last season Gordon scored 12.5 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting (and 42.9 percent from three). He hasn’t been the same player the past couple of years. When really given a green light back in Chicago he averaged more than 20 points a game twice. He hasn’t been terribly efficient in recent years and it would be good if he improved there, but basically he can provide scoring to an offense that needed it.

Detroit wanted out of Gordon’s contract — the fans and organization were down on him — and the price essentially was to give up the protected first round pick next year. This was about the money. The Pistons do add Corey Maggette who could give them scoring if he stays healthy – the guy will draw fouls and scored 15 points a game for Charlotte when he played last year, but he shot just 37.3 percent. He’s not on the upswing of his career at age 32, but if he can give them a few points and minutes off the bench it’s a bonus. Just with his injury history Pistons fans should temper expectations.

  1. tigers182 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    So Dumars doesn’t use the amnesty on him last year, but decides to instead trade a first to dump him?

    • monkeyjuice313 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      If he does his job that pick will be toward the middle of the first round next year. Anmesty Villenueva. He gets a veteran body that doesn’t matter when he plays. The Pistons will have a lot of money to spend next year. He took a shot with CV and Gordon. He failed. But I he is using the same strategy that failed him with the last “big free agency” period. I hope it works this time.

  2. thedetroitsportsfan - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    the amnesty needs to go to Villenuava not Gordon, Gordon is the only of the two with value in a trade

  3. drunkenjunk - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    at least detroit keeps that pick next year.

  4. storebrandcookies - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I think the Bobcats got a great deal here. Gordon who can add some scoring punch and a lottery pick for this draft.

    • n2thaizzo - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      The draft pick is for next year’s draft, not this year’s. And Ben Gordon has seen his best days…

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        Ben is just a 6th man now and he’s fine with that. Healthy, he’s better than that CLOWN Harden.

      • dashtiger - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM

        The pick is probably going to be 2014. If DET makes the playoffs next year the Bobcats get their pick for next year’s draft. Top 8 in ’14, 1st in ’15, unprotected in ’16. So the Bobcats will probably have a pick between 9 and 14 in 2014 from Detroit.

      • bparmalee - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

        This is a great deal for Charlotte. Maggette wasn’t going to be a difference maker for the Bobcats and it doesn’t matter how Gordon plays. Next year when Gordon has 1 year left he will become a trade chip for teams looking to get under the cap. What teams like the Bobcats need are 1st round picks… no matter when they get them. No top tier free agent is ever going to Charlotte so this is what they need to do to build towards the future. Good move Bobcats.

    • ptho16 - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      The pick is also lottery protected, i.e. they do not get it if it is in the lottery.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Solid moves by the Cats (need to go back to HORNETS, BTW). If they pull off the picks trade, they will be watchable again.

  6. bhester1906 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Welcome to Charlotte MKG…

  7. lakerluver - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Now Joe D has to get someone to take Charlie V off the Pistons hands. Good luck with that one.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      … or amnesty him.

  8. lakerluver - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Some of you guys who say this is a good deal for the Bob Cats evidently haven’t been watching B. Gordon lately. He stays hurt, makes a lot of money, and he is a streaky shooter.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      who in their right mind would want to lace up their shoes for detroit and play on the most dysfunctional squads in the past 4 years?

  9. lakerluver - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Oh, yeah, AND he plays no defense. Basically he’s a smaller Corey M minus the free throw attempts.

    • pglive21 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Except Gordon can actually shoot the 3 ball. Career 41% 3 point shooter and he’s still managed to shoot above 40% even in the past two disfunctional seasons in Detroit. Maggette’s career 3 point average is just 32.5%. The future pick is what makes this worthwhile for Charlotte, but Gordon can still bomb it from pretty much anywhere on the court. If you want your front court players to develop, you at least need the threat of an outside shooter to avoid the defense collapsing in the paint. Maggette could never do that.

  10. 49erminer4life - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    How long is the pick protected. The pistons are lottery bound for at least the next 3years.

    • creator69 - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      The draft pick is lottery protected for 2013, top-eight protected for 2014, No.1-protected for 2015 and unprotected in 2016.

    • nbhubbs - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Top 14 in 2013, Top 8 in 2014, and Top 1 in 2015, Unprotected in 2016.

      If I am the Bobcats, I actually hope I get to use the pick in 2015 cause it gives it the best chance to be a high pick. I think the Pistons are 2-3 years away, and the Bobcats are going to have so much caproom the next couple years and our not a primary FA destination.

      This along with the Blazers pick (top 12 protected 2013-2015 and no protection 2016) could lead the bobcats to having a ton of good young players.

      For the bobcats if Gordon never played a minute for them its a good deal. It was all about adding the asset in the pick for Corey Maggette. They will still have plenty of FA money to max a player if that becomes a need or they have the ability to bring someone in. And better yet, they will have that money as they build a large core of young players over the next 2-3 years.

  11. weaselpuppy - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    I don’t think Maggette even plays in Detroit….they’ll find a way to spin him off. Tayshaun, Jerebko, Charlie V and the kid from Duke who played overseas last year all in the SF mix….bye bye Ben, you sucked, but I’d cash the checks too….Dumars really screwed the pooch on that offseason with he and Charlie V with the money they dumped Chauncey with…ouch. Let’s get Monroe some help down low in this draft and a wing next draft…as apparently the 2014 pick will be gone…

    • weaselpuppy - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      oh and Austin Daye and Damien Wilkins at SF too…

      pick is lottery protected 2013, top 8 2014, top pick 2015, unprotected 2016

  12. scadevage - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Don’t Gordon and Kemba have pretty much the same game?? Great move for Detroit getting rid of that contract as they finally start to recover from the summer they splurged too soon.

  13. mcjon22 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    From Chicago, to Detroit, to Charlotte. Someone put Ben Gordon on suicide watch! But the guy deserves it chasing an extra 10 mil instead of re-uping with the Bulls and playing next to D-Rose for the next 10 years. One of the worst decision an NBA player has made in recent memory. Oh well, At least he’s rich I guess.

  14. asublimeday - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Hilarious how much Detroit screwed the pooch on overpaying Gordon.

  15. ccshocktalk - Jun 27, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    All things considered here, Detroit saves money, they still don’t make any improvements…and Charlotte just got a way better player back. Yeah he might cost some money but it’s a solid player, and veteran leadership for the younger guys on the squad.

    Kemba walker can certainly learn from Ben Gordon and they should be able to start a decent back court at the least and make some games fairly interesting. And with the number two draft pick…who knows maybe they get a nice little trio going here. Either way it’s the best move Jordan has made since that push off on Bryan Russel to win game 6 in Utah.

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