The Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats both had a horrendous 2011-2012 NBA season. The season itself started late due to the lockout and the owners’ and players’ both agreed to a shortened 56 game regular season. The Pistons season was the first under new ownership since 1974; previous owner Bill Davidson owned the team until his death in 2009. The Pistons stumbled through the year to a dismal 25-41 record.
The Charlotte Bobcats under the famous ownership of NBA legend Michael Jordan had a record year in futility. The Bobcats finished the season going 7-59 with a dismal .106 winning percentage. The Bobcats finished the season losing their last 23 games, which was the second time they’ve broken their record for losing streaks (they had an 16-game losing streak earlier in the season).
It was apparent that something had to change between these two teams and today it did. The Pistons send disappointing star Ben Gordon and a protected first-round pick for the 2013 draft to the Bobcats in exchange for Corey Maggette, the former Duke standout and former NBA sixth man of the year winner. This trade helps out both teams in terms of cap space and a new start for both players.
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