Is Ben Gordon’s contract worth $58 million?

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Ben Gordon will make $10,000,000 next year and $58,000,000 for his five-year contract, according to Doug Thonus of Bulls Confidential. Thonus acknowledges his figures are much higher than what has been widely reported.

Here’s how Thonus breaks down the contract:

09-10 $10,000,000
10-11 $10,800,000
11-12 $11,600,000
12-13 $12,400,000
13-14 $13,200,000 (Player Option)

And he also says there are some incentives, which could make the contract even larger.

If Thonus is correct, here’s how the salary scale looks:

Player 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14
Richard Hamilton $11,625,000 $12,650,000 $12,650,000 $12,650,000 $0
Tayshaun Prince $10,324,380 $11,148,760 $0 $0 $0
Ben Gordon $10,000,000 $10,800,000 $11,600,000 $12,400,000 $13,200,000
Charlie Villanueva $6,000,000 $6,500,000 $7,000,000 $7,500,000 $8,000,000
Jason Maxiell $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0
Kwame Brown $4,100,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Chris Wilcox $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $0 $0 $0
Rodney Stuckey $1,805,040 $2,767,126 $3,868,442 $0 $0
Fabricio Oberto $1,800,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Austin Daye $1,398,200 $1,503,100 $1,875,500 $2,875,142 $4,019,448
Will Bynum $825,497 $0 $0 $0 $0
TOTALS: $55,878,117 $53,368,986 $41,993,942 $40,425,142 $25,219,448

Team Option, Qualify Offer, Player Option

I based my previous numbers for Gordon’s contract on this blog post from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:

Unless there are some incentive clauses I don’t know about, the total value of the deal should fall just short of $55 million. He will start at $9 million next season.

If Thonus is correct, I’m pretty bummed. There’s a big difference between $52.2 and $58.8 million.

It won’t make much of a difference this summer. The $1 million less to sign someone probably won’t cost Detroit anyone it wants at this stage.

But this could be relevant in the future if the Pistons get under the cap again.

Gordon seemed like a good value at $52.2 million. I don’t think he’s worth $58.8 million.

The Pistons haven’t had a single unmovable contract under Joe Dumars. If Thonus is right, Ben Gordon has a shot to become the first.

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