UPDATE: Sunday, February 2 at 11:52 a.m. ET by Ethan Norof
The Charlotte Bobcats have officially announced that the team has waived Ben Gordon. Gordon will not be eligible to join another contender's postseason roster after missing the deadline by a single day, per John Schuhmann of NBA.com
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Ben Gordon is running out of time.
In order to play during the postseason, he must complete a buyout with the Charlotte Bobcats by the end of March 1, and that still hasn't happened quite yet. As David Aldridge wrote for NBA.com, "Players have to be released by their current team by March 1 in order to be playoff-eligible. They can sign with another team at any point afterward, even after March 1, and still be playoff eligible."
Gordon and the team are discussing their options, but they've seemed to be doing that for months now.
ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne is the latest to report that the buyout discussions are ongoing, as she tweeted the following on Feb. 28: "Still a chance Gordon stays in Charlotte if buyout talks aren't successful and other landing spots don't materialize, according to sources."
There's a chance he stays, but there's also a chance he's freed from the end of the Charlotte bench.
The 30-year-old shooting guard has had trouble making much of an impact with the 'Cats, but he offers plenty of upside as an offensive contributor for a contending team. Once he's in a more beneficial situation, he'll prove exactly why he's part of the reason this buyout crop is so much stronger than the typical group.
But where would he land once successfully bought out?
Gordon won't go to a team with no shot at winning a playoff series. He'll presumably want to play in the postseason, but he'll also want to earn playing time by signing on with a squad that actually has a hole in the backcourt.
Fortunately for him, there are a few possibilities.