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March 02, 2014

Bobcats waive Ben Gordon hours after buyout deadline expires

In a move that seemed inevitable, the Charlotte Bobcats waived little-used veteran shooting guard Ben Gordon Sunday, hours after the deadline for him to be on another team’s playoff roster.

            The Bobcats and Gordon had discussed a possible buyout that would have saved the team some portion of Gordon’s $13.2 million salary and granted Gordon his freedom. That would have had to happen by Saturday for Gordon to qualify for another team’s playoff roster.

            Once that deadline passed there wasn’t much sense in keeping Gordon on the roster. He hardly ever played either for Bobcats coach Steve Clifford or his predecessor, Mike Dunlap. A variety of other guards including Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor and the recently-acquired Gary Neal, all played in front of Gordon in his 1 ½ seasons with the team.

Gordon’s contract expires after this season. The team looked into using that expiring deal at the trade deadline, but no appropriate option materialized.

            Gordon came to the Bobcats in June of 2012 in a trade from the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons took back Corey Maggette. Essentially the Bobcats accepted Gordon’s 2013-14 salary in return for a future first-round pick with limited protection.

            If the Pistons’ pick is outside the top eight in June, the Bobcats get it. If the Bobcats don’t get the pick in 2014, they get it in 2015 so long as it’s not the No. 1 overall pick.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

Comments

It was a good trade to make at the time. We may not have ended up with as much as we would have liked but it was a risk worth taking. Ultimately the trade will be judged on what we get with the Piston's pick. That's something we might not know for a few years. But I fail to see whom we would have signed last year had we not had Ben Gordon's contract as a factor in the salary cap situation.

Posted by: Brynjolfur Thor | Mar 2, 2014 12:39:22 PM

I'd look at the 7 footer Justin Hamilton...need a real center for backup

Posted by: Steve | Mar 2, 2014 2:00:17 PM

The Bobcats' buyout negotiations with Gordon went on for quite a while, and Gordon may have held a hardline against giving anything back. So in return, the Bobcats stuck it to him by waiting until today to waive him.

I wonder if he plays again this season. Who know, he may never play again in the NBA. He could be a big star in China like Marbury has been.

Posted by: Bill | Mar 2, 2014 2:25:59 PM

Need a big to round out the roster. Will interesting to see who that pick turns into. If they don't get it this year. Only protected to 1 next year. With how bad the Pistons look, might be top 5 next year. Along with their own pick that could be huge. They really have a chance to continue to build this roster if they draft well. Of course that is a big if with this team. Unless they make some big changes to who picks and how they pick, I would not expect different results unfortunately. Still in much better shape than previous years.

Posted by: Real | Mar 2, 2014 2:33:19 PM

Tells you all you need to know about Gordon. Would rather take all the money rather than get a buyout and maybe get on a teams playoffs roster. Money over the playoffs. Disappointing but not surprising,

Posted by: Sam | Mar 2, 2014 3:49:18 PM

The last locker room tumor has been removed and we've improved our bench. This playoff run is gonna be fun.

Posted by: apauldds | Mar 2, 2014 4:36:23 PM

"So in return, the Bobcats stuck it to him by waiting until today to waive him."

Yeah, the Boobs really "stuck it to him"...paid him almost $26,000,000 to do virtually nothing...boy they "stuck it to him".

"Tells you all you need to know about Gordon. Would rather take all the money rather than get a buyout and maybe get on a teams playoffs roster. Money over the playoffs. Disappointing but not surprising."

This comment is high in the running the the absolute most moronic comment -- EVER. Unreal. You very well could be King of the Slurpers, wow. Almost renders me speechless, and that takes a l-o-t.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 2, 2014 7:36:16 PM

^^^^Players all over the league worked out buyouts so they could hook on with playoff teams. Either Gordon or his agent was too greedy to take a little less this year and leave the option of playing for a playoff team open. Seems fairly basic.

Posted by: David | Mar 2, 2014 8:24:57 PM

Serious open cap space next year and the Pistons first round pick? Nice!

Posted by: O'Neil | Mar 2, 2014 8:40:06 PM

Get us off this road trip from hell!!!!!

Posted by: Big Al | Mar 2, 2014 9:48:09 PM

gordon is a Cancer.

Posted by: hootEvers | Mar 2, 2014 10:45:38 PM

no guarantee on the detroit pick until the lottery......even if they don't move up in the lottery, they might fall to 8th between now and the end of the year. they're sitting tied for 10th with new orleans right now.

they're only about 2.5 games ahead of the pace for 6th/7th. hopefully that pick turns to 9th this year, but there's a legit fear that they keep the pick and we don't pick until ~25th.


the cap room? almost worthless. could make a play for monroe but what does that do for zeller? could make a play for stephenson or hayward but i doubt it would be reasonable. seems clear they don't want turner since they didn't take him when he was GIVEN away.


why the eff would they not take turner and lavoy allen for gordon and a 2nd instead of buying out gordon and signing justin hamilton.

this is the kind of stuff that makes us the laughingstock of the league. the obvious moves never get made and we're always paying guys to not play for us. it's been a trend for years and it's continued this year. will continue next year for sure.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 3, 2014 10:48:35 AM

"Either Gordon or his agent was too greedy to take a little less this year and leave the option of playing for a playoff team open."

Or Gordon has a smart agent who did his homework and knew Ben wasn't going to get an offer from any of the playoff bound teams. This seriously hasn't occurred to you? Put yourself in the penalty box for 6 months and do some reading/learning slurper.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 3, 2014 1:14:04 PM

RE: waiving Ben Gordon a day after the deadline so her can’t compete in the NBA playoffs.

Michael Jordan is a disgrace to the human racer. good basketball player, horrible manager (immoral), terrible judge of talent, and a total disgrace as a human being.

Run Jordan out of town.

Posted by: Bill Du Bois | Mar 3, 2014 5:09:49 PM

Nope. Run Gordon out of town. Which they did. Any player with that much money should give up a couple of bucks to try and hook on with a playoff team. Probably could have bought his way out for very little.

Posted by: Mike T | Mar 3, 2014 6:05:18 PM

"Any player with that much money should give up a couple of bucks to try and hook on with a playoff team."

Why?

"Probably could have bought his way out for very little."

What constitutes "very little"?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 3, 2014 7:19:59 PM

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