NBA Trade Rumors: Charlotte Bobcats actively shopping Ben Gordon

Oct 17, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (8) shoots a foul shot during the pre season game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 110-84. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 17, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (8) shoots a foul shot during the pre season game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 110-84. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats are going to be buyers at the trade deadline for once, something that has the fan base excited and others around the league interested in what the teams will decide to do. Charlotte is already tipping their hand as to who they want to involve in a trade, as names on their current roster are starting to get floated around now that the team will no doubt be active at the deadline.

Ben Gordon is one of the better trade chips the team has, and Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders reports that the team has been actively shopping him and are even willing to consider giving up a first round pick to acquire a decent veteran in return.

The Bobcats have been shopping Ben Gordon’s $13.2 million expiring contract and may be willing to part with a first-round pick if the right player becomes available. Charlotte will owe their first-round pick to the Chicago Bulls if it falls out of the top 10, but they may still have two first-rounders in this year’s draft since they are owed the Detroit Pistons’ first-round pick (top-eight protected) and the Portland Trail Blazers first-round pick (top-12 protected).

One arm that is out on the block is Evan Turner from the Philadelphia 76ers, a player that the Sixers are floating to try and get another first-round pick.

It’s still too early to tell where Charlotte will go, but Gordon is out there one the block and it seems so too is a first-round pick.

Topics: Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats

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