Bobcats Reportedly Pushing to Trade Ben Gordon After Incident with Head Coach

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

The Charlotte Bobcats are reportedly more determined than ever to trade shooting guard Ben Gordon after an incident with head coach Mike Dunlap, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:

As Dunlap led the Bobcats in a morning shootaround on Monday before a victory over the Celtics, Gordon refused Dunlap's request to stop bouncing a ball as the coach spoke, sources said. Before long, Gordon began baiting Dunlap, telling him that he needed to "humble himself," sources said.

Gordon, 29, has played in 47 games for the Bobcats this season. He is averaging 12.6 points and 2.2 assists per game on 43 percent shooting from the field and 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Wojnarowski also reports that the Brooklyn Nets are still considering a potential deal to acquire Gordon in exchange for big man Kris Humphries before next week's Feb. 21 trade deadline, but that they aren't dead-set on bringing him on this winter. 

Dunlap is in his first season with the Bobcats and his first season as an NBA head coach. He served as an assistant for the Denver Nuggets from 2006 to 2008 under George Karl but spent the past four years coaching in the college ranks. 

Gordon has played for three teams since entering the league in 2004. The former UConn star experienced his best years with the Chicago Bulls from 2004 to 2009, averaging more than 20 points per game in two of his five seasons in the Windy City.

The shooting guard, who will turn 30 in early April, is averaging 16.2 points per game for his NBA career.

However, he has averaged just 12.5 points per game over the past four seasons, which has made teams like the Nets wary of trading for him at this stage of his career. His recent incident with Dunlap certainly won't help his case.

At 12-40 heading into the 2013 All-Star break, the Charlotte Bobcats own the worst record in the NBA this season.


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