Pistons Swap Gordon And A Lottery-Protected Draft Pick for Maggette

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.


  1. Fefe (Nets) says:

    Nice move for both teams and both players!

  2. Davi Boruszewski says:

    Definitely a win for the Pistons. They got rid of a selfish 3-pointer Shooting Guard for a reasonable Small Forward, who can make Prince a Power Forward and share the minutes with Austin Daye and Jerebko( both of them already in shape for the NBA ).

    But most of all, the Pistons made 15 millions on this thing and protected their pick very well. Way to go Dumars.

    Neither team will win more games because of this, but they swing their cap space for more possibilities. At least they are trying. Now, if the pistons can get rid of Villanueva it would be a miracle, he won´t even play in the Olympics because he can´t run, he can´t foul, he can´t get fouled, he can´t shoot, he can´t defend, he can´t rebound, he doesn´t bring anything to this game, but he has a Twitter account. 7 millions per year for that is too much.

    HE lost respect in Detroit, nobody wants him there. People desire the young guns to play, supervised by Prince and another Key Element. Pay attention to the Free Agents, Dumars will get somebody, he promissed.

  3. Blah says:

    I’m a Piston fan so I’m perfectly fine with letting BG go. He underproduced, inconsistent, and was overpaid big time. He couldn’t even beat Stuckey or Brandon Knight for a starting role. Maybe this is what Gordon needs to rejuvenate himself though. If he can consistently be the offense in Charlotte, I think he’ll have a good time there. Then we free up 15 million so maybe we can sign a guy that will be consistent and produce for us. Maybe…

  4. TheRealGURU says:

    what can you say about getting a legit big man free agent for the cats and get Nathan Scott? that would get them more gate attendance haha am i right sudoko smith?

  5. TheRealGURU says:

    I only have one suggestion for the Bobcats. Re sign Nathan Scott !! haha

  6. Zach Gillette says:

    Ben Gordon must be pissed… oh wait he was already playing in Detroit, nvm.

  7. sPACER says:

    Both teams needed this.

  8. uoykcuf says:

    This doesn’t look like a MJ trade decision to me, looks pretty good.

  9. KOBEshigawa says:

    Definitely a win for the Bobcats. They need bodies, and Ben Gordon is more than that. He dropped 20 points even times this year, and is definitely capable of helping an offense win games. The Cats simply need to not be a joke this year, because otherwise they’ll be losing even more credibilty and fans going forward. Even though they took on some extra salary, who the hell was going to play there anyway? We wrote a little more here: http://thegreatmambino.blogspot.com/2012/06/instant-trade-reaction-ben-gordon-to.html