Detroit does this for financial reasons. Maggette expires next summer, while Gordon has a player option for the 2013/14 season that is worth over $13 million. YIKES!!!
He will definitely excercise that player option.
Gordon is the better player though. He still hits bombs at a good clip, and if he got more touches, he could give you 15ppg off the bench. He'd actually be a decent bench player for the Raptors
to pursue...IF HIS CONTRACT WAS REDUCED BY ABOUT 50%.