Less than a week after a confrontation between head coach Mike Dunlap and guard Ben Gordon, the Charlotte Bobcats are seeking any available option to rid themselves of the troublesome veteran. One potential trade partner that has surfaced is the Toronto Raptors.
Although it would seem like the Raptors would make a solid suitor for Gordon, who the Bobcats are targeting for compensation is the real head-scratcher. Charlotte has its eye on big man Andrea Bargnani.
While the Raptors’ roster is full of young talent, the Bobcats have set their sights on an inconsistent veteran like Bargnani. Although he would bring some much-needed offensive to the Charlotte lineup, his lack of consistent production and shooting make it seem like the Bobcats are too eager to get rid of Gordon.
Bargnani would bring some decent scoring to a Bobcats’ front court that is getting close to zero offensive production from center Bismack Biyombo. Still, it’s a bit disheartening that Charlotte would be willing to stoop to that level in order to ship Gordon out of town. The nine-year veteran doesn’t have much trade value, but it seems likely that they could get a better return than Bargnani.
Even if this deal did go through, the Raptors would likely have to pitch in a draft pick or young prospect to make up for the extra salary that would come with Bargnani.
More than likely, there isn’t much to this rumor. The Bobcats are simply weighing just about any option that finds its way across their desk. Charlotte is ready to unload Gordon, and appear ready to accept little in return in order to do so.