Stop me if you're heard this one before.
Ben Gordon is on the block, as the Charlotte Bobcats are looking to unload his gaudy contract. But this time the deal is an expiring one, and the 'Cats are actually looking to buy a piece who could help push them over the top in their quest for a playoff spot.
Hoopsworld.com's Alex Kennedy has the details via Sulia:
The Charlotte Bobcats are shopping Ben Gordon, according to league sources. They have talked to many teams about the veteran guard and are trying to move Gordon's $13,200,000 ending contract for a player who helps them win now. Charlotte has played well this season and currently sits in the East's seventh seed. They're expected to be buyers at the deadline, because they want to make the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history.
It's strange to live in a world where the Bobcats are hoping to make the playoffs, but that's where we are now. This is a legitimately competitive squad that should only get better in the future, and that future could come a lot sooner than expected if Gordon is moved.
As a player, the shooting guard doesn't have much value.
He's played in 16 games for Charlotte this season, averaging only 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 37.4 percent from the field and 30.4 percent beyond the arc. That's not going to be particularly attractive to other teams.
But his contract is.
Gordon is being paid $13.2 million for the 2013-14 season, but he comes off the books at the conclusion of the campaign. As we should all know, expiring contracts have plenty of value for teams that aren't currently competitive as they free up cap space for the ensuing offseason.
I wonder if Boston would be willing to get in on THE BEN GORDON SWEEPSTAKES if they could include Brandon Bass' contract in the deal.— Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) January 8, 2014
It's too early to pinpoint which teams are actually interested in acquiring such an asset, but there should be some. That said, it's tough to make salaries match in many potential deals, as $13.2 million is a lot for a player with little to no on-court value.
Gordon may be on the block, but finding a taker isn't a guarantee.