Thursday, February 14, 2013
Ben Gordon's days numbered in Charlotte?
By Joe Kaiser
Last week, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that Charlotte and Brooklyn were discussing a possible Ben Gordon-for-Kris Humphries deal. Indications today, however, point to the Bobcats looking to deal Gordon for anything they can get.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports writes that sources indicate Charlotte's "desire to trade the guard has deepened" after an altercation at a morning shoot-around earlier this week.
Wojnarowski describes how things reportedly went down:
"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.
"Gordon refused to give the ball to Dunlap, and eventually tossed it toward a ball rack, sources said.
"Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins was in the practice session and ultimately intervened, sources said."
This would seem to significantly hinder any leverage Charlotte might have had to trade Gordon, as now any trade partner will be well aware that the Bobcats are eager to move forward without him. With the veteran shooting guard earning $12.4 million this season and almost certainly opting in on his $13.4 million option for next season, the Bobcats probably will have a real tough time finding any takers. Especially with cheaper, younger alternatives out there on the trade market like Rodney Stuckey and Evan Turner who'd come with less baggage.