We are less than 48 hours away from the 2012 NBA Draft and the Charlotte Bobcats are dealing. In a confirmed report from Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bobcats have traded forward Corey Maggette to the Detroit Pistons for guard Ben Gordon and a lottery protected first round draft pick in 2013.
Well done, Charlotte.
This trade provides the Bobcats with momentum headed into draft night simply because it makes them better. Charlotte is now loaded at the guard position as Gordon will join D.J. Augustin, Kemba Walker, and Gerald Henderson in the backcourt. This move gives Charlotte solid depth and another viable scoring option.
Gordon had a lack-luster year scoring wise in Detroit last season. He averaged 12.5 points per game, but this shouldn’t have frightened the Bobcats off. Gordon has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career as a scorer. His best year came during the 2006-2007 season with the Chicago Bulls, where he averaged 21 points per game. His career scoring average is 16.5 points per game.
The Bobcats desperately needed another scoring option as they ranked a league worst in scoring last season by only averaging 87 points per game. Maggette could find the basket, but injuries limited him to just 32 games in 2011-2012. Charlotte couldn’t gamble on the prospect of Maggette missing anymore time away from the court.
This was a money saving move by the Pistons. According to Yahoo Sports, this deal will save Detroit 14.7 million dollars over time.
The Bobcats have made a good decision by adding Ben Gordon to the mix. This allows them to feel a little more comfortable with the second pick in the draft. They can go big with Thomas Robinson from Kansas, without feeling the pressure to take a scorer like Bradley Beal from Florida. With Corey Maggette gone, it does free up the three spot for them to take Harrison Barnes from UNC or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from Kentucky.
Rumors have swirled around the Bobcats all month long concerning the possibility of them trading the number two pick in Thursday night’s draft. The likelihood of Charlotte doing so is still on the table. All eyes will be on the Bobcats Thursday night.