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Joe Dumars denies interest in New Jersey Nets vacancy

From release:

“In response to today’s media reports regarding the New Jersey Nets, I can say that I do not have any interest in a basketball operations position with the Nets.  My priority is to continue leading the Pistons’ basketball operations efforts and putting together a team that is ready to compete and get back on track next season.”

Did he have an interest Saturday, when he reportedly talked with Rod Thorn and Avery Johnson? As I wrote earlier today, I’m not sure Dumars would have even spoken with the Nets a year or two ago.

This is probably the end of it, given Dumars’ reputation for honesty. That reputation helps him as a general manager, and I don’t think he would sacrifice it this way.

Still, I don’t think this denial necessarily means Dumars won’t leave for New Jersey. Coaches and GMs give statements like these all the time. They don’t always mean them.

It would be tough to sign free agents to Detroit if they believe you’re leaving. This statement could just be a way of leaving both avenues open.

Until new information emerges, though, I’m willing to take Dumars at his word.

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  • Jul 6, 201012:06 pm
    by Pratik Narula

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    Hey Dan what’s the scope for the pistons to act in mle, sign/trade this year? I know you mentioned Brendan Haywood, Matt Barnes, and Raymond Felton, but I don’t see that making us better. These are the changes that I would do to make us better:
    1. Will Bynum should be moved into PG (sub: T. White) Bynum deserves PG and has worked extremely hard, I know Stuckey can play PG but he’s scorer, and is being wasted counting on him to make assists and lead the team, when Bynum is fully capable in doing so.
    2. Rodney Stuckey (sub being ben gordon)
    3. Jonas- he impressed me very much last year and I think he can take over tay’s role, as we shud use tay to sign a big. (sub Daye, Summers)
    4. Can we get Bosh? Boozer? and give raptors tay/rip or Utah? (sub; Charlie)
    5. Monroe (sub Ben W./ Jason Max)
    I believe we need to be more active in the free agent market, joe hinted at this but I haven’t heard anything as of yet. I know we don’t have money because we rushed to use it last year…but what do you think? and also about bynum to starting PG, and stuckey to SG, and jonas?

  • Jul 7, 20105:07 am
    by Dan Feldman

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    Pratik, those are the three names who’ve been reported as plausibilities. Jermaine O’Neal and Udonis Haslem could also be possibilities.

    I’m not sure Bynum can handle defending starting point guards. He doesn’t have the size/lateral quickness to hold his own nightly. Plus, Bynum usually looks to score first, too, so I’m not sure how much he could set up Stuckey.

    Dumars has indicated he’s not ready to leave the small forward spot to just Jerebko, Daye and Summers. Maybe the Summer League will change that.

    I don’t think Bosh has any interest in Detroit, and I don’t think those sign-and-trades idea would appeal to Toronto. Boozer is a possibility, but he’s a contract-year player. I wouldn’t want him with a large and lengthy contract.

    Many free agents are waiting to decide until LeBron/Wade/Bosh do. It’s tough to sign someone if all the players want to wait. There are no games for months. It doesn’t matter if Dumars signs someone today or in four weeks.

  • Jul 7, 20101:32 pm
    by Pratik Narula

    Reply

    Makes sense. Thanks Dan. Hope we make the right moves.

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