New (probably never meant to be heard) audio shows Joe Dumars intentionally overstated the Detroit Pistons’ chances of making a trade
The audio for the final installment of Pistons.com beat writer Keith Langlois’ interview with Joe Dumars (UPDATE: the clip has been removed) is up (hat tip: nuetes in the comments), and it’s a strong indictment of Joe Dumars’ trustworthiness.
To quickly get you up to speed, here’s what Joe Dumars told Matt Dery on Tuesday:
Two conversations I had with teams today, and they say, “You know what? Uh, that might work for us, but, you know, got to go and talk to the owner, got to go and talk to my head coach, and I’ll get back to you. So, you know, am I close? I hope so. I hope so.
I wrote in that first post I hoped Dumars wasn’t merely trying to appease fans. He was.
After Langlois thanked Dumars for the interview, the recording continued:
Langlois: Let me ask you some background stuff here. Um, I saw with Matt Dery, you said you were, you had some conversations, is there any players I should be…
Dumars: I talked to Matt after. I said, “Matt, you’ve got everybody asking me like, ‘You’ve got something imminent?’ ” What he asked me, you know, I’m, like, “Yeah, I’m talking, Matt, but you know, but am I close? I don’t know. Teams say, ‘Hey, you know, we kind of like that, you know.’ ”
Langlois: So there’s nothing?
Dumars: No, there’s nothing.
I understand that people in sports aren’t always truthful with the media. But that doesn’t mean I approve. Who would it have harmed to say no deal was close? When you intentionally deceive, you run the risk of getting caught. Today, Dumars got caught.
I’m disappointed in you, Joe.
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