HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Proving an age-old theory that absolutely every NBA contract, no matter how bad it looks at the time, is a tradeable at some point, the Detroit Pistons sent Ben Gordon and a lottery-protected Draft pick in 2013 to the Charlotte Bobcats for Corey Maggette.
The nearly $15 million in savings for the Pistons was clearly their motivation for doing the deal. Maggette is a nice veteran scorer to have, but by no means changes your franchise’s fortunes. He does have an expiring $10.9 million deal. And since Gordon is owed $25.6 million on the final two years of his deal, the Bobcats get a seasoned shooter to add to their mix, but are only the hook for the short-term.
This is one of those rare trades that actually makes complete sense for both sides. Gordon will never live down the disappointment fans in Detroit have experienced since the Pistons handed him that $55 million free agent deal in 2009. Maggette has played all over the league with the Pistons marking the sixth team in the 12-year veteran’s career.
The Draft pick the Pistons gave up has extra layers of protection, as well, through the eight pick in 2014 and No. 1 in 2015.
But it’s clear that both teams get the salary relief they needed (the Pistons needed to shed some while the Bobcats needed to add some) in the form of veteran scorers that will benefit their respective teams immediately.