Charlotte, NC - (WBTV)
As Thursday's NBA draft approaches, more and more action is going on behind the scenes. The Bobcats have already made their first move, and that's trading away small forward Corey Maggette.
The team confirms, Maggette is going to the Pistons for Detroit shooting guard Ben Gordon, and a 2013 first round draft pick.
In a statement released to WBTV from the Bobcats, President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins says: "With this trade, we have acquired two things we covet in our plan to build this team. By acquiring a young and proven talent in Ben Gordon and a future first-round draft pick, we have both addressed our need for three-point shooting and acquired an additional asset to help continue to improve our team in the future."
Maggette had 10.9 million left on his contract, while Gordon earns 25.6 million over the next 2-years.
The 8-year NBA Veteran was the 3rd overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft for the Bulls. He averaged 17pts in 5 years with the Chicago, but spent his last 3-years in Detroit averaging 12 points per game.