Sam Smith says he heard Ben Gordon has an 11 million dollar promise from Detroit already.
But I also heard
that Gordon's agent allegedly has been saying he has an $11 million promise from
Gordon can't negotiate with anyone until July 1st, so technically any such promise would mean tampering on the Pistons side though I would suspect this type of early negotiation happens all the time and that nothing will come of it. Afterall, the Bulls may not really want Gordon back that badly anyway.
At 11 million per season, it's time to say goodbye to Ben. Ben would also be vindicated in turning down his extension with the Bulls twice by gaining more money than he was offered on either extension.
The Bulls would also look more foolish for not allowing him to accept the 9 million dollar deal he tried before the tip off of last season.
Sam Smith thinks the Pistons are crazy to trade away Rip Hamilton to make room for Gordon, because Rip is tall. Sam's been covering the the NBA far longer than me, but doesn't the fact that Gordon is far better than Hamilton mean something? How about that he's younger and will still maintain or improve his level of play over the life of the new contract while Rip is on the decline?
I get that the Pistons will need to get a real PG in there somewhere, but Dumars won two titles behind a diminutive backcourt of himself and Isiah. He may not be scared to attempt the same thing again.
We'll see how it plays out, but it's worth remembering that while Sam Smith, editorial trade wizard, wasn't ever in the realm of accuracy, Sam Smith, reporter of rumors, has a nice track record.