The Charlotte Bobcats were already looking to trade guard Ben Gordon, whose position on the depth chart has made him expendable at this point in the season. Following a showdown between Gordon and head coach Mike Dunlap, though, it appears that the Bobcats are ready to get the veteran guard and his $12.4 million salary out of town as soon as possible.
According to reports, Gordon told Dunlap to “humble himself” during a shoot-around prior to Monday’s game against the Boston Celtics. After Dunlap failed to subdue Gordon, Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins was forced to step in and bring the confrontation to an end.
With tensions between the team and Gordon apparently reaching a boiling point, the Bobcats are expediting his departure from Charlotte as the NBA trade deadline looms just around the corner.
The only problem for the Bobcats at this point is the fact that Gordon’s trade value is weak at best. The team has received little interest in the overpaid guard despite him being one of Charlotte’s top scorers this season. His volatile character and numerous run-ins with Dunlap have played a big role in reducing other clubs’ willingness to make a move.
The Bobcats and Brooklyn Nets were in discussions to send Gordon north in return for power forward Kris Humphries. Charlotte needs more rebounding while the Nets were eying Gordon for his three-point prowess. Although there appeared to be some interest from Brooklyn, they appear to have set the potential deal on the backburner while exploring other options.
Ever since Gordon’s blowup, the nine-year veteran has been floundering for the Bobcats. In the last two games, he has gone 3-15 from the field and appears to have mentally clocked out.
Unless they unload him for next to nothing, the Bobcats are likely stuck with Gordon. There’s little market for an overpaid pouter who’s well past his prime.