Winners, Losers from Bobcats-Pistons Trade Involving Corey Magette, Ben Gordon

Jay WierengaCorrespondent IJune 26, 2012

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According to league sources, the Detroit Pistons have sent Ben Gordon and a protected future first round pick to Charlotte for Corey Maggette, reports Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.

If this is true, there are huge ramifications for both teams heading into the draft.


The biggest winner in this is without a doubt Pistons team president Joe Dumars.

Dumars has taken quite a bit of heat for his terrible free agent signings, Charlie Villanueva and Gordon, both of whom were on the books for upwards of $41 million over the next two years.

By dealing Gordon's contract, this frees up Detroit to use their Amnesty clause to cut ties with Villanueva and turn the page on this whole infamous chapter of Pistons basketball.

These moves would save Detroit over $10 million off their salary cap number for next year, and would save an additional $11 million the following summer when Maggette's contract runs out.

Detroit now also has more options at number nine overall.

Before, it was widely assumed that Detroit would select a big man, which gave them less leverage from a trading perspective should they choose to deal their pick.

For instance, if a team like New Orleans or Phoenix was confident before that Detroit was planning on taking a big man like Tyler Zeller or Meyers Leonard, they wouldn't feel a sense of urgency to move up.

Now, Detroit can threaten to take Austin Rivers or Dion Waiters, which could prompt Phoenix to make a move to inch their way up the draft.

This move also makes Detroit a sudden player in free agency as they now will have an extra $10 million to play with.

Maggette is also a winner in that he will be going to a much better (albeit not great) situation. Charlotte was historically bad, and at least Detroit has a tradition of great basketball in their recent past.

It's hard to say exactly where Maggette will fit in Detroit, but it won't hurt the Pistons to have another athletic swing man on the roster.

Washington is also a winner here.

The Wizards desperately want Bradley Beal, and the only roadblock was Charlotte.

This move almost guarantees that Charlotte will take a big man or maybe even Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but not Beal, who should gently fall to them at three.


Oh Charlotte, what are you doing?

You move a soon-to-be expiring deal for a guy that is still owed over $25 million over the next two years?

Someone that has seen his numbers steeply decline from his Chicago days, and is a completely one-dimensional scoring guard that is trapped in a point guard's body?

If anyone has any idea what the Bobcats are thinking, please let me know.

This move shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Michael Jordan is completely inept as a general manager.

Detroit just moved an almost un-moveable contract, a player that I personally thought was un-tradeable, for an expiring contract.

This is just flabbergasting.

If I am a Bobcats' fan, I am changing allegiances as we speak, or at the least questioning what I am doing with my life.

The other biggest loser in this deal is likely either Thomas Robinson or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as one of those poor souls is going to get drafted by Charlotte, and is destined to begin their careers in basketball purgatory.