I have seen Ben Gordon's contract offer from the Pistons reported as high as $60 million. Unless there are some incentive clauses I don''t know about, the total value of the deal should fall just short of $55 million. He will start at $9 million next season.
PistonPowered figures with max raises this means the Gordon contract is (in millions): $9/$9.72/$10.44/$11.16/$11.88
In conclusion, the Bulls suck and next year doesn't matter.