The official word out of Chicago is that the Bulls and guard Ben Gordon are still negotiating a contract for the restricted (and frustrated) free agent. As far as Gordon is concerned, though, he has played his last game in Bulls uniform.
From the Sun-Times:
“Right now, honestly, it doesn’t look like it,” Gordon told the Hartford Courant about returning to the Bulls for a fifth season. “I think a decision is going to be made soon. I’ve had a great time [with the Bulls]. I was fortunate enough to play on a team that made the playoffs. I led the team in scoring three of the four seasons I’ve been here.
It’s been a good experience, but we haven’t been able to come to any common ground. It’s just part of the business. You have to do what you have to do sometimes.”
After the Bulls gave Luol Deng his big extension a couple of weeks ago, it is very unlikely that they’ll agree with Gordon’s logic that because he’s the leading scorer, he should also be the team’s highest-paid player.
The funniest thing in all of this is that, according to the article anyway, Gordon seems to be balking at the Bulls’ offer of a similar deal to the one he incredibly refused to sign last summer. Methinks someone is overvaluing themselves just a bit.