One of the pluses of spending 10 days at the Las Vegas summer league is you network with people you hardly see the rest of the year: Coaches, scouts, general managers, other media. There's time to chat because everyone isn't rushing to catch a plane to the next game.

I heard a lot of impressions from a variety of sources, but here's the one that resonated: People were impressed what a good deal the Charlotte Bobcats got, acquiring Ben Gordon and a protected first-round pick for Corey Maggette.

The Detroit Pistons' motivation for moving Gordon was obvious: They rid themselves of $14.7 million in salary obligation over the next two seasons (the $1.5 million difference in Maggette's and Gordon's salaries this coming season, plus the $13.2 million player option Gordon will undoubtedly exercise for 2013-14).