Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports was first to report the deal:
Free agent guard Ben Gordon has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Orlando Magic, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
David Aldridge of NBA.com had more on Gordon's deal with Orlando:
Two yr/$9M deal for Ben Gordon (Yahoo! first) has club option for yr two, per sources. Magic want to see if he can get through '14 healthy.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 2, 2014
Gordon has played for three different organizations throughout his NBA career, finding homes with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Bobcats before hitting free agency this offseason. His best stretch came from 2006-07 to 2008-09 in Chicago, when he averaged at least 18 points, three rebounds and three assists per game each season.
While his years of starting with regularity and producing double-digit points might be behind him, Gordon remains a productive player.
The way his unsuccessful tenure ended with the Bobcats resulted in an ugly divorce, with Gordon being waived after their playoff eligibility ended. Despite the fact that he was dropped following the deadline, several teams still wanted his services, per Arash Markazi of ESPN.com:
There were some playoff teams, Clippers included, that were interested in Ben Gordon. Tough break for him getting waived after the deadline.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 2, 2014
Like every NBA player, that's exactly what Gordon wanted.
At 31 years old, Gordon still has a chance to contribute for a contender much like other former stars entering the twilight of their careers. Gordon spoke about his thoughts entering free agency this offseason, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
"I'm at the point now where I would love to win a championship before I'm done playing," Gordon said. "I won one in high school and college, so I want to put myself in that type of situation. I feel it would complete my career."
On a team like the Magic, Gordon will immediately add crucial production off the bench. If he can score anywhere close to his 11.2 points scored with the Bobcats in 2012-13, Orlando now has another scoring threat to help make the playoffs next season.
Having played in 688 games in his career and boasting a career 40.2 percent clip from three-point range, Gordon will bring his experience and scoring ability to Orlando. Given the fact that Gordon sat out during the end of the season and only played in 19 contests last year, he should have plenty of rest for a stretch run next season.
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