ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 03: Ben Gordon #7 of the Detroit Pistons reacts after being called for a foul against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 3 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this Photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Sounds like Detroit fans are ready to clear the deck.
Which Piston needs to be traded the most? It’s a tough question as an argument could be made for several players. From a locker-room perspective, it’s clearly Rip Hamilton. I won’t rehash his decline over the past few seasons, but he’s become an expensive irritant and a distraction. From a salary standpoint, it’s Ben Gordon. He’s a great scorer and has shown ability to make clutch shots, but he has over $37 million left on his contract over the next 3 years. He’s good, but that’s way too much money for a one-dimensional player on a rebuilding team. And Charlie Villanueva is clearly overpaid for a player who is essentially a 6-11 three-point specialist who doesn’t play defense.
Rip is a reminder of what they no longer are. Gordon and Charlie V. are a reminder of buyer's remorse.