Former Bulls, Pistons and Bobcats guard Ben Gordon has been, well, playing at a level less than average in the past few seasons, but for whatever reason NBA teams are still willing to pay for his services.
Today the Orlando Magic signed the former sharpshooter to a two-year, $9 million deal according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, but according to USA Today the second year of the deal is not guaranteed.
Gordon made a name for himself playing for the Bulls from 2004 to 2009. During that stretch he earned Sixth Man of the Year honors as a rookie and averaged 20-plus points-per-game in 2007 and 2009.
But over the last few seasons Gordon's play has diminished. Last season with the Bobcats the guard was injured off and on and was also benched by Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford.
He hasn't played in an NBA game since February and in 19 games this past season he averaged five points and an assist a game. The season prior (2012-13) Gordon played in 75 games and averaged a little over 11 points-per-game.
If Gordon can get back to his old form and contribute near double digits points a night he would be a big help to the Magic. The veteran wing would add outside shooting, guard depth and a veteran presence to a very young Orlando squad. If Gordon can't get back to his old form then the 31-year-old guard will just fill out another spot on the bench on a team likely headed for the lottery again.
RONNIE PRICE WAIVED
In another move today, the Magic waived 31-year-old guard Ronnie Price. The veteran guard appeared in 31 games for the Magic in the 2013-14 season and shot 30.4 percent from the floor for 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per-game.
MAGIC ANNOUNCE SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM
The Orlando Magic announced their summer league roster yesterday that will play in the Orlando Pro Summer League from July 5 through 11. Players on the squad include Magic rookies Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon, 2014 All-Rookie first teamer Victor Oladipo and former Liberty, Duke and Santa Cruz Warriors star Seth Curry (yes, Steph's brother).
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