Sean Deveney of the Sporting News writes that Charlotte Bobcats reserve guard Ben Gordon is available in trade and that the Portland Trail Blazers could use a player with his skillset.
Gordon is a much bigger problem, mostly because he is making $12.4 million, with an option for $13.2 million next year, and isn't as efficient as Hamilton-Gordon averages 12.6 points and 42.8 percent shooting.
The Brooklyn Nets were the hot rumor when it came to Gordon, but that, a source told SN, is entirely off, and Gordon will not be heading to Brooklyn.
Several teams could use his services, like the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers, but it's a stiff price to pay for a good-not-great bench guard.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported last week that Gordon was involved in an incident during practice with Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap.
As Dunlap led the Bobcats in a morning shootaround on Monday before a victory over the Celtics, Gordon refused Dunlap's request to stop bouncing a ball as the coach spoke, sources said. Before long, Gordon began baiting Dunlap, telling him that he needed to "humble himself," sources said.
Gordan refused to give the ball to Dunlap, and eventually tossed it toward a ball rack, sources said.
Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins was in the practice session and ultimately intervened, sources said.
"Beyond disrespectful," was how one league source described the scene.
It's not clear how the Blazers would be able to construct a reasonable trade that fits the NBA's rule on salary matching.
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