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NBA Trade Rumors: Every Team Should Ignore Pistons' Offers for Ben Gordon

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 09:  Ben Gordon #8 of the Detroit Pistons tries to recover a loose ball next to Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pistons 92-68. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2012

Every team needs to screen the calls of the Detroit Pistons front office this offseason.

There's no need to waste your time telling GM Joe Dumars that you aren’t interested in Ben Gordon, the two years and $25.6 million still owed to him.

According to beat writer Sam Smith, the Pistons will be shopping Gordon this offseason.

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 09: Ben Gordon #8 of the Detroit Pistons appears to float in the air after catching a pass against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees t
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It’s easy to understand why the Pistons are desperate to get rid of the 29-year-old. He never deserved the outrageous five-year $55 million deal that Detroit foolishly threw at him back in 2009 in the first place.

This past season, he missed 14 games en route to rather mediocre stats. He scored 12.5 points per game, had 2.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 44 percent shooting, while his team was one of the worst in the league thanks in large part to poor perimeter play.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are certainly in need of a shooter that can spread the floor, but neither can even contemplate shelling out that much dough for a role player.

If there weren’t any salary cap restrictions and the Lakers could spend money like the New York Yankees, Gordon would be the perfect fit. That’s not the case, and unless a desperate team like the Golden State Warriors try to go for a band-aid-like fix at the position, the Pistons are going to be stuck with Gordon.

The solution is using the amnesty clause to get rid of him altogether and give themselves the flexibility to sign a free agent to help with the rebuilding process.

The Ben Gordon deal is going to be remembered as one of the worst decisions Dumars ever made and I’d be shocked if he can find a team who can bail him out.

Use the amnesty clause and make fans forget this horrific decision ASAP, because Dumars is about to hear the answering machine an awful lot this summer.


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