Ben Gordon Traded To Charlotte For Corey Maggette
Gordon has been a huge bust in Detroit ever since arriving in 2009, averaging a whopping 12.4 points per game over three seasons (he averaged 20.3 points per game in his three previous seasons with the Bulls). I would imagine he was part of one of the most disappointing offseasons that the Pistons have ever had, as they also signed Charlie Villanueva that summer, who's averaged 11.1 points per game during his time on the Pistons.
Corey Maggette's career has been pretty interesting. His scoring numbers bounce up and down over the course of his NBA tenure. It looked like his career was about to deteriorate two seasons ago when he averaged 12 points per game for the Bucks, his lowest scoring total since 2001-02. However, he bounced back last season with 15 points per game for the Bobcats; granted, it was on 37.3% shooting.
So why would these teams even bother dealing these players to one another? Well, the fact of the matter is that the players do not have much to do with the trade.
Gordon will be paid about $15 million over the two remaining years on his contract, which is money that he will likely not deserve. Maggette has a hefty $10.9 million salary this season, but will become a free agent next summer, freeing up cap space for the Pistons.
The Bobcats, on the other side of the deal, are content with paying Gordon for two years in return for a draft pick. The pick is lottery protected, and the Pistons don't seem like they'll be a playoff threat any time soon, so don't expect the Bobcats to be able to use that pick until it either becomes unprotected or the Pistons get good again.
Expect Maggette to get pretty solid starter-type minutes if he can remain healthy, which he often can't. Also, with Gordon out of the picture, it may hint at the Pistons targeting a guard, such as Austin Rivers, in the draft, despite earlier reports that they were going for a big man.
For the Bobcats, it will be interesting to see how Gordon fits onto a squad with very little scoring ability. It is also interesting that Gordon now joins a back court with Kemba Walker, a player who has frequently been compared to Gordon. It's hard for me to imagine how they plan on using both of the undersized score-first UConn grads.
PS - Maggette is jacked.