HoopsHype Ben Gordon rumors

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As Dunlap led the Bobcats in a morning shootaround on Monday before a victory over the Celtics, Gordon refused Dunlap's request to stop bouncing a ball as the coach spoke, sources said. Before long, Gordon began baiting Dunlap, telling him that he needed to "humble himself," sources said. Gordan refused to give the ball to Dunlap, and eventually tossed it toward a ball rack, sources said. Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins was in the practice session and ultimately intervened, sources said. "Beyond disrespectful," was how one league source described the scene. Yahoo! Sports

The front office didn't suspend Gordon, a decision sources said was based in part on the belief the incident would diminish his trade value so close to the league's deadline next Thursday. The Brooklyn Nets are still mulling an offer to trade forward Kris Humphries for Gordon, but have thus far been unmoved over the possibility Gordon can make an impact for them, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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It's not a question of whether Mikhail Prokhorov – whose net worth was pegged at $13.2 billion by Forbes last March – can afford moves like these. He's clearly all-in with this big-money, big-market approach, but the Nets' decision makers are still well aware that they can't add any more high-priced pieces unless it has a significant effect on the ultimate goal of deep playoff contention. Prokhorov has expected deep playoff contention all along, but it wouldn't be wise to add someone like Smith unless they were convinced it was the sort of move that could make them a Finals contender. Meanwhile, a deal that has been reported in which Humphries would go to Charlotte for veteran shooting guard Ben Gordon (player option for $13.2 million next season, the last of his deal) remains possible as well. USA Today Sports

February 12, 2013 Updates

The Nets again won't have Deron Williams when they host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, and it's also looking as if they won't have Josh Smith or Ben Gordon by the time the NBA's trading deadline passes in eight days. According to league sources familiar with the Nets thinking, they're still searching to add a big man, but don't believe that they are going to wind up with Smith or Gordon, despite having recent trade talks with Atlanta and Charlotte. New York Daily News

February 11, 2013 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets are aggressively pursuing a trade for Atlanta Hawks star forward Josh Smith, league sources told ESPN. The two teams are engaged in discussions. But one source said while "there has been lots of talk, nothing is close yet." As the NBA's Feb. 21 trade deadline nears, Brooklyn is proving to be one of the most active teams in the league. As reported by ESPN.com on Friday, sources said the Nets also are talking with the Charlotte Bobcats about a Kris Humphries-for-Ben Gordon trade. ESPN.com

February 10, 2013 Updates

Somers noted that Gordon is shooting 41 percent on three's, suggesting that could help open things up. Peter Vecsey: "I've been tweeting about this for a week and it just hit ESPN yesterday or so. I don't believe they would get Ben Gordon to keep him. I believe the idea behind the talk, which actually has been going on for three weeks or so --and it's still there for the taking-- I think they would move Gordon with somebody, use Humphries to get Gordon, move him maybe with MarShon to get that power forward or that small forward that I'm talking about." NetsDaily

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