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NBA Trade Rumors: Charlotte Bobcats Looking To Move Ben Gordon

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA fans should seriously not be the least bit surprised with these recent developments. The Charlotte Bobcats are actively shopping $13 million shooting guard Ben Gordon. Again, $13 million? Why did I provide that tag line with his name? The former sixth man of the year simply has not lived up to the fat contract Charlotte has given him.

A league source has opened up about the trade rumors, and I am not to shocked by this attempt at a trade. To be honest, I think it would be common for most Bobcats fans wondering if Gordon would be shipped out of town by the end of the season. Michael Jordan is actively trying to get the struggling guards expiring contract out of the city of Charlotte.

If a trade ends up going through with the diminishing 30 year old, I expect that the Cats would attempt to secure a piece that would help them on their hopeful quest to qualify for the 2014 NBA playoffs. It would be smart to go after a sufficient wing defender due to the Cats; strong dedication on the defensive end so far this year.

In 16 games this season, Gordon has averaged a career low in literally every single statistic. Charlotte is paying $13.2 million to a “contributor” that is only averaging 5.6 points and 1.1 assists per game, absolutely pathetic. It’s no wonder the Bobcats want to target a player that will help them in the current moment on their journey to success in the near future.

If teams take a chance in the “Gordon sweepstakes,” I think the Cats would feel very relieved, because expiring contracts are clearly an important issue for teams that aren’t the most competitive out there. Trading his contract to another interested team would free up some serious cap space. That $13.2 million deal needs to go; for the contributions that the former NCAA champion has given them, it truly is a disgrace.

Nothing has publicly been featured that has officially documented any teams taking a chance at the former 20 point scorer, and that might be a problem the Cats face when shopping the deteriorating shooting guard. It seems as though it will take some time to find the positive suitors for Gordon.

Don’t except a wide variety of teams to take a huge interest. At his age and the overpay he is getting on this deal, it seems as though Gordon may struggle with agreeing on a deal towards another new team.

In a season that was supposed to see a far “bigger role” according to Gordon in the preseason, it has truly earned the opposite credit. The former star member of the Chicago Bulls clearly had some trouble last season with former Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap, and this season was supposed to be a fresh start. Sadly, his expectations for the 2013-14 season have backfired and it truthfully has been worse than his first season in Charlotte. The community soon to be known once again as “Buzz City” would be very happy if his atrocious deal is finally out of their favorite teams hands.

I would be seriously confident that Jordan pulls the plug on Gordon sometime before the trade deadline.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.