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 teams playoff roster.
The Bobcats and Gordon had discussed a possible buyout that would have saved the team some portion of Gordons $13.2 million salary and granted Gordon his freedom. That would have had to happen by Saturday for Gordon to qualify for another teams playoff roster.
Once that deadline passed there wasnt 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.
Gordons 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 Gordons 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 dont get the pick in 2014, they get it in 2015 so long as its not the No. 1 overall pick.
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