Ben Gordon meeting with Detroit Pistons

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.
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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.

Update ---

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.

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  • I'm not entirely sure of this, but can't free agents not officially sign until July 8th, so even if BG says he accepts today, we could still court him and throw offers at him for a week?

  • It looks like it's over. And that'll suck. Particulaerly if it's only 5/$50 mil.

    If it's more than that, though, then it might be for the best.

  • What worries me most is that the Bulls are going to have to do something they haven't done since 2004, and find steals. We all talk about the big moves, and they'll be great if they happen, but they probably won't. Yet even if Gordon walks, there's not a lot of money to play with, and so the Bulls are going to have to find good contributors for small prices. And we haven't done that since the 2004 offseason, really.

  • Oh and I'll chip in a fiver. It might be a deal breaker.

  • Well he said he wanted to see what the Bulls offer would be right??? I hope the Bulls take the chance and give him just a bit more.

  • No no, five pounds not five dollars. Five pounds is about seventy jillion dollars.

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