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Report: Bobcats working to trade Gordon after incident with coach

Feb 14, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

Ben Gordon

Ben Gordon was already on the trade block — Charlotte had used him as part of an offer to Brooklyn to pry Kris Humphries away. So far the Nets haven’t taken the bait as they have shopped Humphries around for players the Nets actually want.

But now the Nets have really stepped up their efforts to trade Gordon following a run in he had with coach Mike Dunlap, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

As Dunlap led the Bobcats in a morning shootaround on Monday before a victory over the Celtics, Gordon refused Dunlap’s request to stop bouncing a ball as the coach spoke, sources said. Before long, Gordon began baiting Dunlap, telling him that he needed to “humble himself,” sources said….

“Beyond disrespectful,” was how one league source described the scene.

Yup, that will get you traded.

The front office didn’t suspend Gordon, a decision sources said was based in part on the belief the incident would diminish his trade value so close to the league’s deadline next Thursday.

The problem with moving Gordon is his contract — he makes $12.4 million this season and $13.2 million next season. That’s a lot of scratch for a gunner you bring off the bench. If a team needs outside shooting badly enough and has a big contract they want to move badly enough there can be a conversations, but that’s a limited marketplace.

Still, the Bobcats are trying really hard now to find him a new home.

  1. thekingdave - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Remember when everyone thought was Joe Dumars was some genius GM? Can’t believe he gave Gordon that much change.

    • stadix093 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Don’t forget have away Billups because he thought Stuckey was going to be better.

      • skinsfanwill - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        And drafting Darko over Carmelo, Bosh,and Wade. Even Kyle Korver and Zaza Pachulia were better picks than Darko. Joe Dumars is top 10 worst GM of all time.

      • gentlewomansquarterly - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        The Darko draft looks way worse in hindsight. He had just drafted a small forward the year before that played amazing during the playoffs. Melo and Bron were both small forwards and D. Wade was a point guard at the time. No Sheed then either. Their biggest need was in the post considering Mehmet Okur was second best post player.
        It’s really tough to draft in lottery when you’re in conference championship. The lottery is usually full of teams drafting best player available because they need help at EVERY position. Probably should have grabbed a more proven Bosh though.

      • drunkenjunk - Feb 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        don’t forget the terrible villanueva contract.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        @ gentlewomansquarterly

        No, Sheed was there. Remember they drafted Darko right after they won the championship against my Lakers. They had both Wallace’s. There was no need for Darko despite my boy Prince’s contributions. SF was still their weakest position.

        Dang, funny how everyone chimmed in with something different to build a good case against Joe D! lol

      • gentlewomansquarterly - Feb 17, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        Actually Darko was drafted in 03. Pistons won in 04. That year they were swept by the Nets in the Eastern Conference finals.

    • toddbronson1 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      @ 00maltliquor

      You’re a year off. They drafted Darko after they lost in the 03 ECF to the Nets. They beat the Lakers the following year, with Darko on the bench.

  2. dacapt704 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Ughhh…thought he was actually going to help the team when he was signed. Seems like he doesn’t like playing behind the younger version of himself, Kemba Walker. What a waste..

  3. broncobeta - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Old and cranky.

  4. willcoop62 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Remember how the Bulls had the insight to pass on him nd let Detroit take him! Suckers!

  5. kingbeason52 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    We traded Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon and a first round pick..just to take his salary off of the Pistons (we just wanted the first round pick)..He is kind of being wasted on our team anyways because we are full of I wouldent mind them sending him off to a team where he can have a better role if we can get some size in return..just please NOT Kris Humphries!!

    • dacapt704 - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      I know right, he was more of a bonus in the deal (or so we thought)..the only downside was his player option for next year, which it doesnt look like he’ll get to exercise in the QC. HOPEFULLY we can get a banger on the boards in return

  6. whitdog23 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    how can the Nets trade him? he plays for the Bobcats

  7. supremekingz - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I miss Ben Gordon’s scoring in Chicago, but $25 million is too much for a small guard who plays like a 2 with the height of a 1.

    Rough situation. But good read. I’m laughing while picturing him dribbling the ball while the coach is talking, lol

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    They can have Novak for him. And I love Novak. But Gentle Ben’s game is made for New York.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Novak and a pick, as well someone like Brewer and get a third team to make the salaries match.

    • readysethike - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      bad trade, this will be similar to when the Knicks acquired what they thought was a 3pt specialist in Roger Mason, going into it it looked like a good idea, but when he came he sulked and couldn’t throw a rock into the ocean.

  9. adoombray - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    “But now the Nets have really stepped up their efforts to trade Gordon following a run in he had with coach Mike Dunlap, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.”

    The Nets are not the ones trading Gordon, nor is Mike Dunlap the coach of the Nets,and that’s not what Woj reported. Woj proofread his article before posting it.

  10. drubeatz - Feb 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    hopefully the Nets can do better.

  11. badintent - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    What ? Did P.J. make a special appearance?

  12. kavika6 - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    I thought only good players could get away with throwing temper tantrums.

  13. papacrick - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Oomaltliguor: they drafted Darko before they won the title. He was on the bench all year and Sheed was acquired mid-season. Do some research

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