It feels like we haven’t seen Ben Gordon on an NBA team in about five years. The last time he was relevant was when he played for the Chicago Bulls back in 2009.
And perhaps a reunion with the Bulls is exactly what he needs to bring himself back to relevancy. First, though, he has to hammer out a buyout agreement with the Charlotte Bobcats in order to wiggle free.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Gordon and the Bobcats are trying to do just that before the March 1st buyout deadline.
Ben Gordon continues to talk buyout w/Charlotte but is said to resist any new deal that impacts his looming free agency in July
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 27, 2014
According the Real GM, the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are pitching two-year deals with a team option for next season. However, Gordon would prefer a deal that does not impact his free agency.
Translation: he wants to play this season out with a contender, hopefully show a team or two out there that he could still play and cash-in at another “biggish” contract.
The Los Angeles Clippers are also reportedly interested, because they’re apparently interested in everyone.
None of that matters, of course, if he doesn’t get bought out in the first place.
Gordon is averaging a career-low 5.2 points per game this season in only 19 appearences. With the exception of this year, Gordon has averaged double-digit points in every season of his career.