This from the Bulls' board on RealGM. This is an EXAMPLE of how they could just trade Gordon by himself using their traded player exception. None said they would do this trade.
We'd really be devastated at the 4 after a deal like this, but there's no doubt we'd be getting the best player...and most times the team which does that wins the trade. I think it could be tweeked though:Just screwing around, let's say the Bulls have exactly $7.531744 million that they can add in salary and be right exactly at the LT threshold.
Adam Morrison makes $4.1592 million this season.
Sean May makes $2.661027 million this year.
Jermareo Davidson makes the minimum $711,517 this season.
That's a combined $7.531744 million.
All expiring deals.
The Bulls could trade Gordon, signed for $9.51468 million first-year, or $72.0737 million over 6 years. ($7.531744 million + 125% + $100k = $9.51468 million)
Ben's BYC value of $4.75 million allows the Bulls to take back May and Davidson and their combined $3.4 million-ish, and they can use the TPE to trade for Morrison.
From Charlotte's perspective, it's just one big 3-for-1 trade where they send out exactly enough salary to pay Ben the 6/72 he wants.
Wait the required time (2 months?) and swap Shannon Brown for Davidson.
May/Hammer for Gordon...our out would be around 7.7
Hammer/Ajinca/Duds for Gordon...our out would be around 7.55.
Their fans are looking for expirings, but I don't know that they'd turn down a sick 3 pt shooter like Hammer as they'll be extremely lacking in that without Gordon.
These aren't "home run" packages for the Bulls, but with the impasse it seems the two camps have they can't expect a lot coming in.
Still don't know that I'd do it...paying Gordon that kind of change would be a hard decision to make.