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Ben Gordon is waived as buyout deadline expires

By Rick Bonnell
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

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.

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