According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic have signed veteran shooting guard Ben Gordon to a two-year, $9 million deal. Gordon hasn’t had much success since leaving the Chicago Bulls, and this could very well be his last stop if he is unable to get something going.
Free agent guard Ben Gordon has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Orlando Magic, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2014
Gordon has been known as a three-point shooter and overall scorer throughout his NBA career, but he hasn’t been able to find his shot over the past couple seasons. The Magic are going to need him to eat up some minutes here and there behind second-year player Victor Oladipo and he will likely have the green light. It will be interesting to see what type of production he is able to put up if he gets consistent playing time.
He played in just 19 regular season games with the Hornets last season, averaging 5.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. The Magic simply need players that can score the basketball and shoot from the perimeter, and Gordon is hoping that their system will be able to revive his career. There is no doubt that he still has the ability to shoot the basketball, but he needs to find a situation where he feels comfortable with his role and gets consistent playing time.
Overall, this could end up being a very good move for the Magic. They don’t believe that they are too far away from competing for a playoff spot, and having a veteran presence like Gordon could be very good for their locker room. If he is able to figure out his offense in Orlando, he could be a very dangerous piece off of the bench.