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Pistons may or may not be allegedly, possibly trying to move up in draft

ESPN’s Chad Ford says yes:

The Pistons, Spurs and Thunder have been the most aggressive about moving up.

The Pistons have been searching for a big and would love to get their hands on either DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors.

Joe Dumars says no:

Have you had any talks with any of the six teams picking ahead of you about moving up?

JD: No, I’ve not had any conversations as of June 7, 12:30 p.m.

17 Comments

  • Jun 8, 20103:42 pm
    by josh

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    Well that’s a shame because at 7, Monroe will likely be gone and leave the Pistons looking at Davis or Udoh who are way below the top 3 big men according to GM statistical analysis.

    • Jun 9, 20107:16 pm
      by Dan Feldman

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      The Pistons enter this draft guaranteed of having at least one of John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins, Wesley Johnson, Greg Monroe or Al-Farouq Aminu. That’s not an entirely bad deal. If the Pistons were one spot lower, then they’d have to be more worried about a third-tier guy. (I think Aminu, Monroe and maybe Johnson are the second tier.)

      I’d say it’s 50/50 whether Monroe will be there. But if Ed Davis and Ekpe Udoh really don’t impress Detroit, Aminu isn’t a terrible consolation.

  • Jun 8, 20108:13 pm
    by Nate

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    We need a big, the NBA is all about bigs.  Look at the top teams and you will find a top big(s). If we cant get one  in the draft we must find another way to get a Big Man. 

    • Jun 9, 20107:17 pm
      by Dan Feldman

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      I’m completely with you. I’d draft one in the first and second rounds and sign another with the MLE. Then, maybe, Detroit will be close to having enough big men — but still probably not yet.

  • Jun 9, 20103:02 pm
    by Chardo

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    Let’s sign Amare, trade Prince & Hamilton for Joe Johnson and trade down.

    • Jun 9, 20104:55 pm
      by Mike

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      I hope you’re being facetious.

    • Jun 9, 20107:17 pm
      by Dan Feldman

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      The Pistons don’t have the cap room to sign Amar’e, and not only would pieces have to be added to make that trade work, the Hawks would never do it.

  • Jun 11, 20102:14 pm
    by Odeh

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    Joe said no not yet to that question but the question was followed with the question “is it because its too early” and Joe says yes, teams are still working out players before they know where they stand.  So I still believe he has every intention of moving up and getting Cousins.  I do not think he is too high on Favors.

    • Jun 12, 201012:31 am
      by Dan Feldman

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      Odeh, the rumors are that Dumars has been aggressive about moving up. You can’t be aggressive and not talk to anyone. Although neither account might be completely wrong, either the media reports and/or Dumars’ statement are at least partially off.

      It seems like Cousins is the target, but word seems to be Dumars likes Favors, too.

  • Jun 11, 20104:10 pm
    by josh

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    Some believe Aminu can play 4. Maybe but the Pistons already have too many undersized Power Forwards: Maxiell, Villanueva, Summers, Jerebko and maybe even Daye.
    More importantly Aminu’s primary asset was supposed to be his athleticism. But he tested very average in that department at the Chicago Combine.

    • Jun 12, 20101:21 am
      by Dan Feldman

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      Josh, Aminu can probably play power forward at times, but he wouldn’t provide the interior presence Detroit needs. He’d be a three masquerading as a four — which is OK at times. But aside from Ben Wallace, who might not still be around, Detroit will likely be playing a four at the five. In that situation, it’s really troubling to have Aminu playing the four.

      And Charlie Villanueva is 6-foot-11, 232 pounds. He’s not undersized as a power forward. He might might play inside like we’d like, but he has the size to do it effectively.

  • Jun 12, 201011:34 am
    by E

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    We need to get rid of Villanueva but that wont happen since we paid him like hes a allstar when hes a bust…. but if we get rid of him could sign amar’e trade stucky and try to get wall

    • Jun 12, 20101:19 pm
      by Dan Feldman

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      E, Villanueva makes about $7 million per year. That’s not All-Star money. Teams would love to get All-Stars that cheap.

      Trading him to a team with cap space and not taking any salary back (would never happen, but let’s go with it for a second), wouldn’t clear enough room to sign Amar’e. Plus, there is absolutely no way the Wizards would trade the No. 1 pick for Stuckey.

  • Jun 13, 201011:18 pm
    by Trenton Crosby

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    fire dumars worst president ever trade hamilton and prince trade up  in the draft get cousins pick up Chris Kaman in free angency and now look at your starting lineup Stucky,Gordan,Jerebko,Cousins,Kaman and we will have money in our budget right now we have no money in our budget and were just gonna suck till we get rid of hamilton and prince

    • Jun 14, 20101:50 am
      by Jay

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      Trenton,
      I am so glad your not the GM of the Pistons. Your plan transforms the Pistons basically into the LA Clippers. I pray to God that Dumars doesn’t draft Cousins! He has so many red flags and the biggest is his lack of athleticism. Sure he may do good against most teams but when he has to play against D Howard, Paul Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Kevin Garnett he’s going to be none existent. Dumars should do whatever he has to and try to move up to get either Wesley Johnson, or Derrick Favors. I know we have many 2′s and 3′s but Wesleys #’s in college are incredible. I’m sure Joe D can find a new home for Hamilton, Gordan or Prince.  If Derrick Favors were to be selected than he only need trade Hamilton.
       

      • Jun 14, 20102:58 am
        by Dan Feldman

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        Jay, I think you’re pretty right-on about Cousins. He has the size and fore to beat up the many teams that don’t have legit centers. But against the league’s best, he’ll crumble.

        Still, despite that, I think he has too much talent to pass up at No. 7. It’s worth the risk at that point.

        I like Wesley Johnson OK, and if he falls to No. 7, I think Detroit takes him. But because he plays a position the Pistons already have filled, I don’t think he’s good enough to trade up for.

    • Jun 14, 20102:56 am
      by Dan Feldman

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      Trenton, I don’t think the teams ahead of the Pistons in the draft value Hamilton or Prince highly — maybe Prince, but Detroit would have to take back a long-term contract. Chris Kaman isn’t a free agent, either.

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