The Bobcats' desperation to dump Gordon could make them a possible suitor for Bargnani, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
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All-Star Weekend trade rumble: Charlotte's growing determination to move Ben Gordon has presented Toronto w/another Andrea Bargnani suitor2/16/2013, 7:37:13 PM
If this rumor is true, I'd like to ask Bobcats' owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan one simple question: you are trying to win, aren't you?
The Bobcats have the NBA's worst record (12-40) at the All-Star break, these potential moves are critical in establishing a better future.
Gordon is a decent scorer who could really help a contender reach the next level, but he does the Bobcats no good now and the prospects aren't good for the future.
Thus, it makes sense to move him, but not for Bargnani.
In the Bobcats' situation, any deal they consider should accomplish one of two things: it should bring in a game-changing talent or facilitate financial freedom for the future.
Taking on Bargnani's contract would accomplish neither.
The former No. 1 pick is a poor defender and rebounder, who has proven to be less-than durable over the last two seasons. He has missed 79 games in the last two-plus years and even his scoring numbers are down.
As a three-point shooting seven-footer, his greatest quality is his ability to make shots from deep and stretch the floor to create mismatches. But he's averaging a career-low 14.8 points per game and shooting just under 30 percent from three-point range.
He was a sub 30 percent three-point shooter during the 2011-2012 season as well.
Nothing about that screams game changer.
From a monetary standpoint, Bargnani would put the Bobcats on the hook for the rest of this year and the final two years of his five-year, $50 million dollar deal.
This is a bad contract for any team, but it could severely stagnate the development of a team that is already one of the league's bottom feeders.
It's not like the Bobcats are a free agent hotbed now, but taking on Bargnani's deal would soak up money the team could use on the open market over the next two seasons.
He's not worth that and hopefully the Bobcats realize it.