Pistons Trade Ben Gordon to the Charlotte Bobcats
(NEW YORK) -- This past season, the Charlotte Bobcats set the futility mark for an NBA team, registering a winning percentage of just .106. So the team has went out and traded for a scorer, acquiring guard Ben Gordon and a 2013 protected first-round draft pick from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Corey Maggette.
This will end Gordon's disappointing run with the Pistons after he signed with the team as a free agent prior to the 2009-2010 season. In his final season with the Chicago Bulls, Gordon averaged 20.7 points per game. He never averaged more than 13.8 points with the Pistons.
According to ESPN.com, the pick acquired by the Bobcats is lottery-protected in 2013, top-eight protected in 2014, top-one protected in 2015, and unprotected in 2016.
For the Pistons, they acquire Maggette who averaged 15.0 points per game for the Bobcats this past season. The deal is also financially motivated, as Maggette is in the final year of his contract and will make $10.9 million this upcoming season. Meanwhile, Gordon has two years and $25.6 million remaining on his current contract.
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