I’ve found out Gordon’s official contract numbers, and they’re on the high end of what we’ve heard throughout the media.
13-14 $13,200,000 (Player Option)
5 Years for $58,000,000.
He also has a clause for incentives which are considered unlikely (meaning he didn’t reach them last season), but I don’t specifically know what they are.
As I’ve said before, I loved Ben Gordon at 9 million per year. At 11.6 million per year with incentives to push up the contract to who knows how much more, I’m not so sure.
What is definitely for certain now is that Ben Gordon bested any contract offer he ever received from the Bulls. As he’s making 51.2 million over the five years that would have been the Bulls first offer (5/50) with a player option for 13.2 in the 6th year, or he’s making 64.4 million over the same 6 years the Bulls offer last year of 6/54 would have been.
As I said before, from a contract perspective, Ben Gordon came out ahead by taking the QO and was the first person to do so. Now, even looking at the 5/50 offer the Bulls made, Gordon was the clear winner by waiting even disregarding the circumstances that at the time of the 5/50 offer he was the best or second best player on a team expected to contend for a championship.
Also, it’s clear to me that the Bulls probably made the right decision by not overpaying for Gordon to keep him. I’m sad they passed up on him last year at 6/54, but that decision is in the past in gone. I no longer feel the need to complain about it. Looking at this summer in a vaccuum, Gordon made it clear he was not giving the Bulls a discount. At around 12 million a year, I’m okay with Ben Gordon moving on to another team, and it seems like that’s the number we’d have needed to hit to keep him.