Am I Supposed to be Excited?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pistons are close to signing two former Connecticut Huskies to play alongside UConn alum RIP Hamilton.

"Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon and Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva flew to Detroit on Wednesday morning for a mid-day meeting with team president Joe Dumars and indications are both are moving rapidly toward deals with the Detroit Pistons."
--Yahoo! Sports

Kelly Dwyer sums up my feelings. If the reports are true, for the first time since he took over as GM, I have serious doubts about Joe Dumars and his plan. Prove me wrong Joe.

Update: ESPN's Henry Abbott used to like the Chauncey Billups trade from Detroit's perspective. Used to.


Breaking News: Curry Fired

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Pistons have fired Michael Curry after one disappointing season as coach.

"This was a difficult decision to make," Pistons president Joe Dumars said. "I want to thank Michael for his hard work and dedication to the organization. However, at this time, I have decided to make a change."
Detroit News

It’s fair to wonder if Bill Laimbeer’s resignation from the Detroit Shock was a related move. More on this to come.


Catching Up: Dumars Says “No” to Rajon Rondo

Reports circulated last week that the Pistons turned down a Celtic offer of Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen for Rodney Stuckey, RIP Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince. The Pistons apparently rejected the deal without much hesitation, but the deal is much too appealing to have merited such little consideration.

The current Piston roster is nowhere near contention. Adding Ben Gordon and either Carlos Boozer or Charlie Villanueva (a likely summer plan for Joe Dumars) would put the Pistons in the playoffs, but leave the team well short of beating Cleveland or Orlando. The aforementioned players are all poor defenders and neither Stuckey nor Hamilton would do much to compensate.

Part of the appeal to the deal would be the Pistons’ ability to upgrade from Stuckey to Rondo at point guard. While Stuckey has the potential to be a star, Rondo is already there. Both point guards are 23, but Rondo’s PER was four points higher last season. Rondo is also among the best defensive guards in the world.

The other benefit of the trade would be financial. This may be a tough pill for Piston fans to swallow, but given the right offer, the Pistons should jump at an opportunity to rid themselves of two players, Hamilton and Prince, set to earn big bucks in their 30s. Hamilton is 31 while Prince will turn 30 this season. Hamilton and Prince are on the payroll for roughly 23 million combined in 2011, followed by 12.65 million per season for Hamilton through 2013. Meanwhile, Ray Allen’s contract expires in 2010.

Maintaining the status quo ensures a half-hearted push toward relevance for the next few seasons while Hamilton and Prince fade toward retirement. The prescient move would be to aim for long-term success and shoot for an even higher ceiling. Removing the remaining overpaid players from the previous era would be a necessary step to do so. The Pistons would have to give Rondo a contract extension beginning in the 2011 season – a season in which Stuckey will still be on his rookie contract – but the overall financial ramifications of the deal would still strongly favor the Pistons.

Assuming the Pistons give Rondo a contract extension of roughly 12 million per season, the Pistons would create roughly 15 million dollars in additional cap space for the summer of 2010. Through this trade, the Pistons would have Rondo, whichever free agents they acquire this summer, and enough cap space to be a serious player in the much-ballyhooed summer of 2010. With the right maneuvering, Dumars could forge a foundation that could contend into the next decade.

While the deal appears attractive on the surface, there are legitimate concerns on Detroit’s end. There have been questions about Rajon Rondo’s character. Pairing him with Michael Curry may not be a smart fit, as Curry did a poor job managing difficult personalities last season. Also, for the deal to be worthwhile, the Pistons will have to find a player willing to take their money and worthy of earning it on the free agent market.

While the above concerns are legitimate, the Pistons need to at least be open to any and all possibilities for reshaping the roster. For the Pistons to return to elite status, Dumars must either drastically overhaul the roster or add a superstar. Swapping perimeter players with Boston accomplishes the former and puts the team in position to achieve the latter during the summer of 2010.


Back to Blogging

I apologize for the lack of posting lately. I don’t watch enough college basketball to offer sophisticated draft analysis and am not a huge fan of the rumor-mongering that accompanies the off-season. With that said, I’m going to do my best to make several posts during free agency, the first of which should be up later today.


Breaking News: Amir Johnson Dealt

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sad day here at CTBAAF. Hopefully Joe Dumars has a plan with the additional cap space he just created. More on this later.


Mr. Personality

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tuesday on TNT, Charles Barkley, Chris Webber, and Kenny Smith ranted about Dirk Nowitzki (a few quotes here). Nowitzi credited Denver’s defenders for the way they defend him. The TNT crew argued that no star player should ever concede that any opponent can frustrate him.

One night later, Kobe Bryant squared off against alleged Kobe-stopper Shane Battier. Bryant destroyed Battier, finished with 40 points, and repeatedly shouted “He can’t f***ing guard me” after several baskets of the baskets he scored over Battier. Kobe may have lost his thrown as league MVP, but he maintains the title of “most contrived personality in sports.” Even A-Rod is jealous.


Roster Inventory

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The busy clearly have a very busy offseason ahead. Barring any trades, the Pistons currently have holes to fill at every frontcourt position. Below is an inventory of which rotation slots are currently filled.

Theoretically, Amir Johnson or Kwame Brown could slide into a starting role, but that would not be ideal. If Antonio McDyess returns, he would provide a temporary solution at starting power forward. With that said, Joe Dumars should limit the amount of salary and playing time he commits to players older than 28. Unless a star big man falls into Dumars’ lap, the Pistons are probably a few years away from returning to contention. As such, Dumars needs to focus on acquiring players who can contribute in the future.


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