Nets GM Billy King, might be in the process of making that one move. According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the Nets and Bobcats have discussed a trade that would send Kris Humphries to Charlotte for Ben Gordon.
Sources: Nets & Bobcats discussing Ben Gordon for Kris Humphries trade. Nothing imminent but talks ongoing. Story on espn.con shortly— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 8, 2013
This would be a big move for both teams that would consist of a swap between two big-name players. The trade could be beneficial for both clubs.
For Nets fans, it would be tough to see Humphries go. He has made a name for himself both on and off the court over the last two years, averaging a double-double in that span.
This season, however, Humphries got off to a frustrating start and has seen his minutes and level of play drop. With the amount of production the Nets have been getting from Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche, it is no surprise that they are looking to move Humphries in order to fill other needs.
Brooklyn's biggest need is a player that can come off the bench, stop scoring droughts and score points in bunches. Gordon would fill that need.
While the Nets also need a consistent offensive power forward, a consistent scorer in general is almost as big of a need.
The Nets have been killed this season when their offense inexplicably disappears for random quarters. They have seen early leads in games against the Miami Heat, L.A Lakers and New York Knicks vanish because of scoring droughts.
In their first game against the Heat, the Nets were within single-digits at halftime. But they fell out of the game when they were only able to score 15 points in the third quarter.
Also, in their second meeting with the Knicks, the Nets had a 14-point lead in the first quarter that they couldn't hold on to.
These are key games that, if the Nets had won, could have put them closer to first place. And they may have won these games if they had Gordon.
Gordon would give the Nets scoring. In his first five seasons in the NBA, Gordon averaged 18.5 PPG and he averaged over 20 PPG in two of those seasons. He also is the only person to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award in his rookie season.
Since signing a five-year deal for $55 million with the with the Detroit Pistons in 2009, Gordon's averages in minutes and points have dropped. Meanwhile, his field-goal percentage remained consistent.
Gordon has the ability to take over games quickly. In the 2011-12 season, he scored 45 points in a game against the Denver Nuggets, making 9-of-9 three-point attempts, tying the NBA record. Gordon also holds the record for most points by a Bobcat in a single quarter. He scored 20 points in the fourth quarter of a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Nets would benefit significantly from adding another scoring option. They don't have a guy like Jamal Crawford or J.R Smith. The lack of consistent playing time has hindered MarShon Brooks from being that player.
A change of scenery, more specifically to a contender, could spark Gordon back to a Sixth Man of the Year-caliber player. Which in turn, could jump the Nets from fourth place to atop the conference with the Miami Heat.