The Charlotte Bobcats dropped the second contest of an incredibly difficult four-game stretch for them, losing to one of the NBA’s best in the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night. However, Sunday didn’t hold just bad news for the Bobcats as they attempt to stay in the playoff-picture in the Eastern Conference.
Early on Sunday the Bobcats officially announced that they had waived veteran guard Ben Gordon after coming to terms on a buyout for his contract. Charlotte had apparently been trying to unload Gordon since the NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 20, but were unable to find anyone that they could unload the overpriced veteran to, thus necessitating this buyout.
Since coming to Charlotte in a trade before the 2012-12 season, Gordon has seen his role dissipate to near nothing. After playing 20.8 minutes per game in 75 appearances and averaging 11.2 points per game on 38.7 percent three-point shooting last year, Gordon has played just 14.7 minutes per game in only 19 appearances this season. Moreover, Gordon had been a non-factor this season when he was on the floor, averaging a mere 5.2 points per game while shooting just 34.3 percent from the floor and 27.6 percent from deep.
In the bigger picture, though, moving on from Gordon and getting him off of the books is an enormous step forward for this organization. Though Gordon was once an effective offensive weapon in this league, he stood as sort of a living testament to the bad decisions and lack of success that has plagued this team for a while now. Moving on from him shows the serious motivation of the front office to improve and progress. While not having Gordon on the roster has little effect in terms of what happens on the floor, it’s a great sign for this team and their future.