Ben Gordon trade rumors are heating up as the Charlotte Bobcats have become very intent on trading him. According to a report from Thursday (Feb. 14), Gordon got into it with Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap, leading to the urgency of a trade. Apparently Dunlap asked Gordon to stop bouncing a basketball while he was speaking and Gordon refused to do it. Then rather than give Dunlap the ball, he reportedly tossed it towards a ball rack.
This has been described as "beyond disrespectful" by a league source in the report and the rumor is that the only reason the team didn't suspend is that it could risk lowering his trade value even further. It will already be tough enough to trade Gordon because he has a player option worth $13.2 million next season that he will surely opt to accept. That makes him an expensive option for any team and with all the guards available on the trade market, Gordon might simply cost too much.
There had been rumors that the Brooklyn Nets were interested in a deal that would send Kris Humphries to Charlotte in exchange for Gordon, but that talk may have cooled a bit. Brooklyn certainly doesn't want to trade for another guard that doesn't get along with coaches, no matter how good he might be coming off the bench. Beyond that, there aren't any other serious rumors linking Gordon to another team.
The Ben Gordon trade rumors are likely to heat up even further as the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline approaches. If the Charlotte Bobcats can get any other team to bite on an offer, the team might be willing to just about give him away. So far this year he has averaged 22 minutes, 12.6 points, and 2.2 assists per game for the Bobcats. Those numbers could be very nice for teams heading to the postseason, but the price tag of $13.2 million for next year might be prohibitive.
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