Will he stay or will he go? The race is on for the services of Ben Gordon. Here’s a roundup of the latest news and views on the sharpshooter.
Chicago Tribune: “…the financial reality of keeping Gordon in a Bulls uniform is sobering, which likely is why Pistons management is confident it can lure away Gordon. Barring a trade, that means the Bulls only would have approximately $2.5 million to offer Gordon in the first year of a multiyear deal if they want to avoid incurring the luxury tax penalty.”
Dime Mag: And with some cap space, OKC plans to go out and add a free agent. There are rumors circulating that they’re mulling an offer to Ben Gordon, something that would be competitive with what the Pistons will throw his way. That’d be a mistake. There’s no need to create a traffic jam for (James) Harden to get on the court.
Sun-Times: “At least publicly, the Bulls say they are intent on re-signing Gordon and that is their top priority this summer. According to a Bulls insider, new general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson want Gordon back and the question is how much money chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is willing to commit to get a deal done.”
Detroit News: Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon and Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva will be at the Pistons’ practice facility Wednesday, meeting with president Joe Dumars and maybe take a tour of the area and do a little home shopping. That’s how serious the courtship is between the two free agents and the Pistons. There is a chance a verbal commitment could be reached soon.
CBS Sports: The Pistons are the most obvious place for Ben Gordon for the most obvious reason: They have the money to pay him. Staying within the division would give Gordon the satisfaction of sticking it to Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. But how do the Pistons make the pieces fit? By trading either Rodney Stuckey or Richard Hamilton. One source said the best bet is that Detroit agrees to a deal with Gordon first and moves either Hamilton or Stuckey later.