The NBA free agent market officially opens tonight at 11:01 p.m. and Ben Gordon is expected to hear offers from the Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Pistons, who fired coach Michael Curry Tuesday, are expected to have $17 to $19 million in salary cap room. The PIstons are expected to pursue Carlos Boozer first, if he opts out of his contract with Utah. But most believe Boozer will remain with the Jazz and collect $12.7 million next season, rather than risk settling for less as a free agent. Indiana Pacers star Danny Granger, in an interview on The Boers and Bernstein Show (WSCR, 670-AM) Tuesday, said the Bulls would be better off getting a forward like Boozer instead of re-signing Gordon, who will be an unrestricted free agent.
``Ben is a really good scorer in this league,'' Granger said. ``You can say whatever you want about how tall he is [6-2] or whatever but, bottom line, Ben can score the ball. We are in the same division. As far as what makes them better? If they didn't re-sign [Gordon] and they maybe went after someone else. Maybe like a Carlos Boozer, depending if he opts out, or not. Because I think if they get an inside presence, they'll be really good. Especially with Derrick Rose on the perimeter.
``That's coming from an Indiana player and I don't want the Bulls to be that much better.''