Adrian Wojnarowski reports Thursday that the Bobcats increasingly want to dump Ben Gordon after an incident Monday in which Gordon got into it with head coach Mike Dunlap.
Gordon refused Dunlap's request to stop bouncing a ball as the coach spoke, sources said. Before long, Gordon began baiting Dunlap, telling him that he needed to "humble himself," sources said. Gordan refused to give the ball to Dunlap, and eventually tossed it toward a ball rack, sources said.
Rod Higgins, the Bobcats GM, witnessed the event but the front office declined to discipline Gordon because it didn't want to tarnish his trade value. Reports have linked the Nets to Gordon. Woj reports...
The Brooklyn Nets are still mulling an offer to trade forward Kris Humphries for Gordon, but have thus far been unmoved over the possibility Gordon can make an impact for them, sources said.
For now, the Nets are searching elsewhere, believing they can always go back and accept the Gordon deal at the deadline. Gordon's performance has steadily fallen this season, including an unproductive 14 minutes against the Celtics that included missing five of six shots.