Found June 26, 2012 on
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Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars did what Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars does. He got out from underneath an awful move (Ben Gordon’s five-year, $55 million contract he signed him to in 2009) and made something out of it. This time, it cost him a future first round pick. Dumars talked the Bobcats into accepting Ben Gordon and a future first round pick for swingman Corey Maggette according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pistons main focus with this deal was getting rid of Gordon’s awful contract which still had two years and $15 million left on it. Maggette’s contract expires after this upcoming season.
Maggette, a 12-year pro out of Duke, averaged 15.0 points and 3.9 rebounds a game for Charlotte last season.
The future first round pick may have been a steep price to pay to get out of the final year of Gordon’s deal, but with Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight making up the starting back court, it didn’t make much sense to have a high-priced backup for multiple years.
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.
Should the pick going to Charlotte is lottery-protected in 2013 and is also protected through the eighth selection in 2014 and No. 1 in 2015. It is unprotected if the deal extends to 2016.
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Ben Gordon's days with the Detroit Pistons are over.
According to a source close to the team, the Pistons traded Gordan and a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2013 to the Charlotte Bobcats for forward Corey Maggette.
Maggette, 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, averaged 15 points a game in 2012.
In three season with the Pistons, Gordon averaged about 12 points a game.
The Detroit Pistons have traded guard Ben Gordon and a future first-round draft choice to the Charlotte Bobcats for swingman Corey Maggette.
Gordon averaged 12.5 points last season, including a 45-point outing at Denver in which he tied his own NBA record by making nine 3-pointers without a miss. The NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2005 with Chicago spent three disappointing...
Oh Corey, sweet, sorry, injured Corey. We barely got to know you as a Bobcat, and now, you are gone. Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston to swap picks and bring in Maggette, last year on draft day, worked. It was worth it to get Bismack Biyombo, or was it Kemba? This time around, Corey Maggette [...]
The Charlotte Bobcats ended the regular season with the lowest winning percentage in the history of the Association and Charlotte General Manager Rich Choi, is on a mission to get his club back on track as soon as possible. The former G.M. of the Portland Trail Blazers, has already been busy two days before the NBA Draft, as the “Charlotte Observer” reported Tuesday night, that...
Ten years earlier, Joe Dumars convinced Michael Jordan to take Jerry Stackhouse off his hands and send a younger, less expensive one-dimensional player back to the Detroit Pistons. That player was Rip Hamilton, who blossomed into an all-time Pistons great, learned to be a solid perimeter defender, and gave the Pistons financial flexibility. Fast forward [...]
We are less than 48 hours away from the 2012 NBA Draft and the Charlotte Bobcats are dealing. In a confirmed report from Yahoo Sports’, Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bobcats have traded forward Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons for guard Ben Gordon and a lottery protected first round draft pick in 2013.
The Bobcats have acquired Ben Gordon and a lottery protected 2013 pick in a trade with the Pistons for Corey Maggette.
Before I switched off my laptop last night, Ben Gordon had just become a new Bobcat. The rumors around the NBA were wild, coming from every single direction. I also read about how Pau Gasol and his teammate Artest were offered to the Wizards. And yes, I even read about that (fake) rumor sending Rajon to the Sacramento Kings. And no, it was too early in the night for me to read about...
The short answer is no. If you look at the picture even Ben Gordon thinks my headline was a feeble attempt to link a relatively meaningless trade that took place late last night to the NBA Draft tomorrow. The long answer, though, is that Charlotte's trade with Detroit for Ben Gordon may justify the draft pick they were about to make anyways a little bit more.