Derrick Rose drove to the basket and the Celtics big men tried to clobber him only to see the ball went into the hands of Ben Gordon for a sweet trifecta. It was one of Gordon’s best season with the Chicago Bulls the same team that drafted him as 3rd overall pick in 2004. He helped the young Chicago Bulls to full 7 games against the defending champions Boston Celtics. It was Gordon’s last contract season with the Bulls and it was pretty sure the Bulls would re-sign the shifty guard to a full 5 year contract with the way he was playing. He maybe undersized as a shooting guard at 6-foot-3 but his shooting prowess had always been his constant ally. But when all said and done Ben Gordon found his way knocking on the doors of Joe Dumars and the Pistons quickly gave him a $50-plus million five-year deal contract a contract he would have taken in a heart beat with the Bulls.
“I just told you there was no offer made,” Gordon said. “So you guys can put it together. I’m happy about my new situation now. I’m looking forward to it.” Yes Gordon could have played well all season long but the Bulls are already looking in a different direction. Although having Gordon would give them a luxury in offense but it would cost them near the projected $69 million luxury tax and signing John Salmons with Brad Miller gave them another scorer with a taller backcourt. The no.2 spot is also crowded with Salmons, Hinrich and with Luol Deng going full swing next season. It was a decision made out of a lot of common sense. Ben Gordon will continue to shine in the motor city together with Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton. He can clearly help the Pistons on their rebuilding mode having been there for quite some time with his old team. Meanwhile the Bulls are focusing in signing a steady Jannero Pargo who also played with the bulls two or three season ago.
Derrick Rose will have to look for another partner if ever big men tried to clobber him again… Yes Salmons, Hinrich and Pargo can deliver but Gordon is surely missed.