2014 NBA Free Agency: Orlando Magic’s Signing Of Ben Gordon An Idiotic Move
After trading away Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the 56th overall draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have signed Ben Gordon to a two-year, full guaranteed $9 million deal.
Yahoo Sources: Orlando, Ben Gordon reach agreement on deal. http://t.co/apJyE85INI
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
Gordon, now 31 years old, played only 19 games for the Charlotte Hornets last year. During this time, he averaged under 15 MPG, while shooting 34.3 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from deep. After clearing up cap space by trading Afflalo, the Magic made fools of themselves by signing Gordon, which may go down as the worst decision this offseason.
To look at how idiotic of a deal this was, it is important to note how good Afflalo was for Orlando last season. Only 28 years old, he played in 73 games this past season, shooting nearly 46 percent from the field and over 42 percent from behind the arc. He led the team in scoring over the past two years, and was one of the few veterans the Magic could count on every given night. Afflalo is known to be a solid two-way player, contributing formidable perimeter defense on that end of the floor. He is a true shooting guard as well, as he possesses solid a 6-foot-5 height.
Gordon, on the other hand, is not known to be an even competent defender, which makes sense because he is only 6-foot-3. Gordon’s character has constantly been criticized as well, which is not something the Magic want in their young nucleus. Certainly, Gordon was a prominent shooter and scorer in his prime, but it seems as if he has lost much of what he once displayed from the offensive end.
After Gordon was unable to tally an average of even 18 MPG in his past two seasons, he was expected to sign a one-year deal to demonstrate that he was still a capable NBA player. This would make sense, as his past two seasons have shown very little, if any hope for the rest of his NBA career.
Instead, the Magic defied all odds, throwing way too much guaranteed money at the disgruntled guard after trading away a capable guard of their own.