Ben Gordon Reportedly on Trade Block Following Incident With Coach Mike Dunlap

by February 14, 2013

The Charlotte Bobcats are reportedly looking to unload Ben Gordon (who makes $12.4 million this season, and guaranteed $13.2 mil in 2013-’14.) According to Yahoo! Sports, Gordon completely disrespected head coach Mike Dunlap at a recent practice, and the team would like to move the guard prior to next week’s trade deadline: “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. Gordon 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. The front office didn’t suspend Gordon, a decision sources said was based in part on the belief the incident would diminish his trade value so close to the league’s deadline next Thursday. The Brooklyn Nets are still mulling an offer to trade forward Kris Humphries for Gordon, but have thus far been unmoved over the possibility Gordon can make an impact for them, sources said.”