DETROIT - The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Ben Gordon and a future first-round pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for Corey Maggette.
"We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transaction that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forward," said Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations. "We thank Ben Gordon for his commitment to our organization over the last three years and wish him the best in the future."
The Pistons will save some money as Gordon has two years and $25.6 million left on his contract with the team and Maggette has just one year and $10.9 million left on his. Do the math and that's about $15 million the Pistons will save thanks to the trade.
Corey Maggette has veteran experience
Maggette, a 6-6, 225-pound forward, averaged 15.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 32 games with the Charlotte Bobcats last season. In 809 career games, the 13-year NBA veteran has averaged 16.2 points (.454 FG, .325 3FG, .823 FT), 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Maggette averaged a career-high 22.2 points in 2004-05 as a member of the L.A. Clippers and has averaged 20-plus points three times and 15-plus points nine times during his career.
Drafted 13th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics, his draft rights were then traded to Orlando where he played one year before being traded to the Clippers where he played eight seasons (2000-08). Maggette also played two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2008-10) and one with the Milwaukee Bucks (2010-11).
Gordon's shooting fell off while with Detroit
Gordon, 29, averaged 12.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 26.9 minutes in 52 games last season (21 starts). He scored a season-high 45 points at Denver (3/21), tying his own NBA record with nine consecutive three-point field goals made without a miss. He also made a franchise-record seven three-pointers in the second quarter vs. Philadelphia (4/26) and tied the franchise record for three-pointers in a half (7). In three seasons with the Pistons, the former Connecticut product averaged 12.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 26.8 minutes in 196 games.
After tallying 15-plus points per game during five seasons in Chicago, where he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2004-05, Gordon's best year with Detroit came during the 2009-10 campaign when he averaged 13.8 points and 2.7 assists in 62 games.
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