The Detroit Pistons have traded shooting guard Ben Gordon and a protected first round draft pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for small forward/shooting guard Corey Maggette, The Detroit Free Press is reporting.
"We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transition that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forward, Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said in a release.
According to USA Today, the deal gives the Pistons salary cap relief as Gordon has 2 years and $26.5 million left on his deal while Maggette only has 1 year and $10.9 million left on his.
The Bobcats will get a shooter in the backcourt. ESPN reports that in a recent interview, new Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap said that was the team's biggest need.
"Definitely shooters," Dunlap said. "The ability to make the 3(pointer) is really important because it allows you to play inside. What happens (when there is no quality shooting) is the defense collapses and it gets crowded in there. It's always nice to have guys who can shoot a basketball."
Maggette is 6 feet 6, 225 pounds, and averaged 15 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 32 games with the Bobcats last season, The Detroit Free Press reports.
Meanwhile, Gordon averaged 12.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 26.9 minutes in 52 games for the Pistons last year.