Caron Butler is officially a member of the Thunder, and before he steps foot in the state we’re already turning our attention to the last remaining spot on Oklahoma City’s roster.
And now might be the perfect time.
Because as the Charlotte Bobcats come to town for a Sunday showdown, they’ll bring with them a player who is rumored to be on the Thunder’s radar.
Ben Gordon, the sharpshooting veteran who has fallen out of Charlotte’s rotation and could soon become available if the Bobcats agree to a similar buyout that allowed the Thunder to land Butler.
Gordon, a 10-year veteran, has appeared in only three games since the New Year. He’s averaging a career-low 5.2 points on just 34.3 percent shooting this season.
But those numbers belie how big an impact Gordon has had as a bench scorer throughout his career.
He holds career averages of 15.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 688 games. Last season, he shot 38.7 percent from 3-point range, and he’s a career 40.2 percent shooter from that distance. With the Thunder, Gordon could be an ideal specialist as a perimeter shooter who spaces the floor for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
But landing him could be a pipe dream —unless Gordon is willing to take less money and a lesser role on a championship-caliber team.
It’s a possibility that might not be out of the question given that Gordon currently is wasting away on a mediocre Eastern Conference team. But both Gordon and the Thunder will have to feel comfortable with what he’d be stepping into, knowing that playing time could be sporadic.