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Ben Gordon In Pistons' Plans?

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jun 18, 2009 2:20PM

With the NBA free agency period still a couple weeks away, and the NBA draft upcoming as well, it may still be premature to speculate on where players might end up. And yet rumors have surfaced that the Bulls' Ben Gordon, an unrestricted free agent, may be atop the wish list for the Detroit Pistons. Sam Smith, on his blog, reported that the Pistons are ready to offer the Bulls guard an $11 million a year deal when the free agency period begins on July 1.

When asked about the rumors while appearing at a Bulls camp for kids, he claimed he hoped to return to the Bulls, where he'd like to win a couple of championships and play out his career. Of course, he also said, "Regardless of what happens, you have to separate the business side from your emotions. And I did that."

The Bulls front office may, too. While Gordon may have redeemed himself in the eyes of many fans during the playoff run against the Boston Celtics, the Bulls need to think long term with regards to any offer they might make. Gordon twice turned down large, long-term contract offers. Does new GM Gar Forman commit to Gordon, or let him walk away and hope to use the cap space after next season, when a number of the league's best will become free agents.

We may have a better indication of the Bulls' plans after the NBA draft on June 25. If the Bulls draft any guards with their two first round picks -- or trade Kirk Hinrich -- that might tip the Bulls' hand with regards to Gordon.