Yahoo sports reports that Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are meeting with the Detroit Pistons today and that a deal may be consumated quickly.
Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon and Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva flew to Detroit on Wednesday morning for a mid-day meeting with team president Joe Dumars and indications are both are moving rapidly toward deals with the Detroit Pistons, league and sources close to the two players told Yahoo! Sports.
K.C Johnson has submitted a similar piece and adds that the Pistons are expected to offer 5/50 and the deal may be finished today.
Dumars is expected to make Gordon an offer on the first full day of free agency, believed to be in the neighborhood of $50 million over five years.
There are some league observers who believe the Gordon deal with the Pistons could be done by the end of Wednesday. The Pistons also are targeting fellow Connecticut alum Charlie Villanueva in free agency.
The rumors have been pointing towards Detroit for some time. What remains will be whether or not Gordon signs right away or whether he comes back to the Bulls to look for an offer there.
It will also be interesting to see what the Pistons negotiating strategy is. In the past, the Pistons haven't been aggressive bidders with their own free agents and have looked to get players in on quality deals without throwing money at them.
It seems unlikely they'd change gears for Ben Gordon, but perhaps their bidding philosophy differs with free agents from other teams rather than their own.
5/50 that K.C. is reporting doesn't seem to be enough money to make Gordon sign immediately. If I were Ben Gordon, then I'd be coming back to the Bulls to attempt to get a similar 10 per year deal for six years.