Although nothing is imminent at this point in the process, the Bobcats have had trade discussions that would send guard Ben Gordon to the Brooklyn Nets in return for forward Kris Humphries, according to league sources.
For what it’s worth, this move seems to make sense for both sides. Both Gordon and Humphries are currently collecting $12 million, so salaries and cap numbers wouldn’t botch the deal. The Bobcats, whose rebounding is among the worst in the league, would benefit greatly from adding a talented player like Humphries to the front court. The Nets, meanwhile, want Gordon for his three-point shooting and ability to open up the floor.
Averaging only 6.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, Humphries is likely seen as expendable by the Nets. Reggie Evans offers a similar skill set, which makes the Humphries nothing more than trade bait at this point in the season.
However, with Humphries on their side, the Bobcats would be able to clear the logjam in the front court while bolstering their presence in the paint. Charlotte already boasts the talents of Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson at the guard positions, which means trading away a player like Gordon wouldn’t be a huge loss.
For now, don’t expect this deal to go down anytime soon. With both teams simply trying to avoid a loss night in and night out, making an insignificant trade like this is the least of their worries.