Wednesday June 27th, 2012

Ben Gordon Gordon's production did not match his hefty salary, leading the Pistons to move him. (J. Dennis/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Adrian Wojnarski of Yahoo! Sports first reported, and several other NBA writers have confirmed, that the Detroit Pistons have traded guard Ben Gordon and a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for swingman Corey Maggette.

Gordon hasn't lived up to expectations since signing a five-year, $55 million free-agent deal before the 2009-10 season. In three years in Detroit, Gordon was unable to match his lowest scoring average from his Chicago days.

Wojnarski says that money was the motivation behind the deal, as Gordon has two years and $25.6 million remaining on his deal, while Maggette has just one year (at $10.9 million) remaining on a five-year, $50 million contract he signed before the 2008-09 season with Golden State Warriors (three teams ago). Maggette averaged 15.0 points in just 27.5 minutes per game last season, although injuries limited him to just 32 contests.

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