Dec 20, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Ben Gordon prior to the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Free Agency: Magic sign Ben Gordon, according to reports


 

The Orlando Magic have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent guard Ben Gordon, according to Yahoo! Sports. The deal will pay Gordon $9 million, both seasons fully guaranteed, with a team option the second year, according to reports. 

Gordon, 31, has been in the league 10 years, most recently with the Charlotte Bobcats. Over his 10-year career, Gordon has averaged 15.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from three. 

After spending his first five years in the league with the Chicago Bulls, Gordon signed a five-year, $58 million dollar deal with the Detroit Pistons. After struggling to produce at the levels he did with the Bulls, Detroit traded him to Charlotte, where he continued to struggle. Injuries and poor play plagued him this past season, leading to his release in March. 

Gordon will most likely be used for a boost in three-point shooting, along with bringing a veteran presence to the locker room. He could also be used as a trade chip around the trade deadline to either match salaries, or moved to a team looking to move some salary before next summer. 

 

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  • Osceola71

    So what did we gain here that we couldn’t have had by keeping AA? Other than saving about 3 mil in salary, which makes no sense when the reports are that the Magic aren’t going to spend a whole lot in free agency

    • http://Prestointhepaint.com Zach Oliver

      The thing with moving Arron was making sure you get something for him.

      As for Gordon, he’ll be a cheaper option as a versatile guard off the bench. He can play some at both guard spots, and if he can find his shooting stroke again, could be a nice shooting boost for the team. It also gives them a very moveable contract at the deadline if he does find his form again. Could be used as a sweetener in a deal, or just be dealt right away. Downgrade from Afflalo, yes, but overall I think it’ll be fine for them moving forward.