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Tom Gores officially approved as Pistons owner by NBA

Via Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News:

I know Dan and I both mentioned it often, but Goodwill and Gregg Krupa of The Detroit News absolutely owned this story from the get, so it’s fitting that Goodwill broke the final piece.

34 Comments

  • May 31, 20119:52 pm
    by Laser

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    hallelujah! let the salary dump BEGIN!

  • May 31, 20119:54 pm
    by rob

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    HOOOORAYYY!!!!!!!

  • May 31, 201110:05 pm
    by Reaction

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    Amen

  • May 31, 201111:39 pm
    by gmehl1977

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    Is that the light i can see at the end of this bitch of a tunnel?

  • Jun 1, 20112:49 am
    by Kaneda

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    woooooooooooo f’ing hoooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Jun 1, 20113:11 am
      by Laser

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      Tetsuoooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • Jun 1, 20116:44 am
    by Rahneej

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    Tom Gores has been approved as the owner or his equity firm was approved as the owner?

  • Jun 1, 20117:56 am
    by detroitpcb

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    things can start to happen now.

  • Jun 1, 20119:04 am
    by Scott

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    Heres a (logical!)deal that I came up with that might help us involving this Cleveland/Detroit/Minnesota puzzle that I’m sure we’ve all heard about:

    CLEVELAND RECIEVES:
    Richard Hamilton(whos contract will be bought out)
    Charlie Villanueva
    Martell Webster
    Jason Maxiell
    #2 pick(from Minnesota)
    DETROIT RECIEVES:
    $12.5 million trade exception(from Cleveland)
    Antawn Jamison(expiring 13.4 million deal)
    Wesley Johnson
    Lazar Hayward
    #20 pick(from Minnesota)
    MINNESOTA RECIEVES:
    J.J. Hickson
    Austin Daye
    Daniel Gibson
    Joey Graham
    #4 pick(from Cleveland)
    #8 pick(from Detroit)

    The main purpose of this deal is to clear salary cap room while at the same time getting some prospects back in return(and that Minnesota and Cleveland would WANT to do as well). What you think?? Just trying to help us.

    • Jun 1, 201111:29 am
      by Steve K

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      Scott,
      I’m not sure why Cleveland would take Charlie V and Maxiell. They’d view that as dead weight. And if they’re throw-ins to balance the salaries, they’re awful big throw-ins. Maxiell is due $5M this year and next. And Charlie V is $8M for the next three seasons.

      • Jun 1, 201111:56 am
        by Scott

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        Villanueva, Maxwell, and Webster are all still young(unlike Jamison) and may benefit with a change of scenery. Villanueva has shown that he at least COULD be a starter someday and Maxiell and Webster will be valuble contributers. And yes, I put them in to help also balance salaries but I still honestly think it works out well for all 3 teams.

        • Jun 1, 201112:32 pm
          by Steve K

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          Scott,
          I still don’t see it. Cleveland gives up:
          - Jamison, an 18pt/7reb guy (who’s ALSO an expiring contract)
          - Hickson, a cheap, effective, young PF
          And, in return, Cleveland gets Martell Webster and moves up 2 spots in the draft?! Plus takes on the absurdly crappy deals of Villanueva and Maxiell?
           
          Regardless, I’d love for this deal to happen from a Piston’s standpoint, but can’t see Cleveland wanting that desperately to move up 2 spots.

          • Jun 1, 201112:51 pm
            by Scott

            Yes but Jamison is also 35, Btw, I’ve just heard that Hickson(for whatever reason) is coveted by Cleveland, so the only major change I would make with that trade would be for Cleveland to keep Hickson, instead give up Varejao to Minnesota and have Cleveland take back either Nikola Pekovic or Darko Milicic(both young, both centers, both virtually similar contracts). Anyways, thats the best I can do!! I give up LOL

          • Jun 1, 20112:20 pm
            by brgulker

            Varejao isn’t going anywhere, either. Cleveland is high on Hickson, Varejao, and supposedly Hollins.
             
            I’m not crazy about trading our pick this year, but, if we could finagle something like Rip + Bynum + 8th for Trade Exception + Sessions + next year lottery-protected first next year (as I think CLE has a shot at sneaking in next year if they draft well and stay healthy), I’d strongly consider it.
             
            I think that trade works, right?
             

      • Jun 1, 201112:02 pm
        by Scott

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        Plus, I read that Dan Gilbert is willing to “take on more money to gain the opportunity to add young talent”. Well, Villanueva is 27, Maxiell is 28, and Webster is 25. Sounds pretty young to me. Just sayin.

        • Jun 1, 201112:13 pm
          by BIG MARV

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          I would take hickson out the deal and mabey add varajeo for some strange reason cleveland think they found their franchise piece in jj hickson and they are not willing to trade him for anybody best player, rembember last year they didnt want to trade him for amrie stoudemire

          • Jun 1, 201112:20 pm
            by Scott

            Whoa, didnt know that Marv. Well, in that case for salary matching reasons, I would probably switch the trade so that(follow me here!): instead of Hickson going to Minnesota, it would be Hickson staying in Cleveland, Varejao heading to Minnesota and either Nikola Pekovic or Darko Milicic(both centers, both with virtually identical salaries) going to Cleveland. Btw, ps, yes I do have a life LOL.

    • Jun 1, 201112:41 pm
      by Dan Feldman

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      Cleveland would never make that trade.

  • Jun 1, 201110:04 am
    by Faraz

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    I like your idea. If only there was a way to email joe Dumars….lol

  • Jun 1, 201110:26 am
    by Scott

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    Thanks Faraz. And believe me I wish I could email this to Joe lol.

    • Jun 1, 201110:44 am
      by Joe Dumars

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      You guys are after me?

  • Jun 1, 201112:00 pm
    by Alan

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    The Detroit Pistons are open for business!!!

  • Jun 1, 201112:16 pm
    by Scott

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    Bottom line is this: with all the struggles our teams been through the last couple years, we shouldve been open for business LOOOOOONG before now. Let’s just say I expect for Detroit to make at least one major change with the roster before July 1st(when the dreaded “L” word begins) :/

  • Jun 1, 20112:12 pm
    by Scott

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    Well, I’ve been enlightened that the previous deal I came up with was basically screwing over one of the teams involved(in this case, Cleveland). Anyways, heres my final trade proposition which is a revised version of my 3-team deal between Detroit, Minnesota, and Cleveland. And once again, sorry if I sound like I have too much time on my hands lol. Just trying to help out our Pistons. And again, I do think this is a logical deal for ALL teams involved. Here it goes:

    CLEVELAND RECIEVES:
    Richard Hamilton(who’s contract they would buy out)
    Wesley Johnson(#3 pick last year, excellent prospect)
    Charlie Villanueva(big contract, but still 27 and double digit scorer)
    #2 pick(from Minnesota)

    DETROIT RECIEVES:
    $12.5 million trade exception(from Cleveland)
    Antawn Jamison($13.4 million expiring deal, still a solid PF)
    Lazar Hayward(decent young SF prospect)
    Wayne Ellington(decent young SG prospect)
    Anthony Tolliver(decent young C prospect)
    #20 pick(from Minnesota)

    MINNESOTA RECIEVES:
    Anderson Varejao(big contract, but only 28, center who gets 9pts/10reb per game)
    Will Bynum(undersized, but solid and tough, point gaurd)
    Austin Daye(struggled with us, but still a nice SF prospect)
    #4 pick(from Cleveland)
    #8 pick(from Detroit)

    So help me, thats the best I can do(pretty much anything else I try screws over one of the teams or messes up the salary balances). Thanks for letting me post. What you guys think??

    • Jun 1, 20112:24 pm
      by brgulker

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      There is no way Cleveland is trading Varejao for that mess of players. And there’s also no way they can’t get something better out of Jamison’s contract.

      • Jun 1, 20112:29 pm
        by Scott

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        Hmmm, aside from Rip(whos contract would be bought out anyway), I’m not really sure why you would call Wesley Johnson and Charlie Villanueva “mess of players”. just sayin lol.

        • Jun 1, 20112:44 pm
          by brgulker

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          1) They waste their Trade Exception on Rip, which they were willing to do only if we gave up our pick.
          2) Charlie V is terrible, one of the worst overall PFs in the league. Any sane GM would prefer Varejao.
          3) Wesley Matthews is a decent player, but hardly outstanding.
           
          So, in your scenario, they give up their best big man, waste a trade exception, acquire an average SG, simply for the sake of swapping the #2 and #4, and let’s not leave out the millions it would cost to buy out Rip.
           
           

          • Jun 1, 20112:52 pm
            by Scott

            It’s Johnson, not Matthews. Big difference. I guess I’m just trying to find a better solution than to just give up Rip and #8 for nothing!! Btw, nothing personal, but if you have a better suggestion for a deal that could land us something for Rip and #8(or for that matter, Rip PERIOD) let me know. What would you do?

          • Jun 1, 20113:28 pm
            by brgulker

            Scott, I have no solution for Rip Hamilton. His contract extension was absolutely atrocious; my solution would have been to never give him that deal.
             
            Since the day we double-downed with Ben Gordon at SG, I have been arguing that it’s more viable to trade Gordon for something useful than Hamilton. So that would be my proposal. I don’t think his value is very high, though, and honestly, I’d take back an expiring contract and a first or second for him.
             
            In short, I’m a realist when it comes to this situation. We have very few trade assets, and we’re crazy to trick ourselves into believing we’ll actually get something for Rip. Try to move Gordon, wait one more year on Rip, then try to move him when he’s expiring. That means this year and next year we suck, but after that, we can truly rebuild around Monroe and whatever else we can land in the lottery.
             
            It’s not pretty, but that’s what is likely to happen, IMHO.
             
            Cleveland still isn’t trading their best big man for the players you proposed, and Wesley Johnson is a mess of a player, sorry :D

          • Jun 1, 20114:29 pm
            by MrCarter

            Alright I’m with you there. I admit when we signed Ben Gordon, I was like “WTF, him AND Hamilton??” Heres another small scenario I thought of involving BG(hopefully this sounds more logical lol):

            Utah gets: Ben Gordon(seeing as they have ZERO shooting gaurds on their roster)
            Detroit gets: Mehmet Okur and the #12 pick

            Thats just something I thought of a while ago. Obviously, we wouldnt get much, but at least to me it makes sense for both teams. What you think of this??

          • Jun 1, 20116:04 pm
            by Dan Feldman

            No way Utah does that. I’d be shocked if Utah would trade Okur for Gordon straight up.

        • Jun 1, 20113:56 pm
          by Steve K

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          I agree that’s a better deal for Cleveland. I guess the question comes down to how much they value the Jamison contract.
           
          Varejao is definitely more trade-able than Hickson since Varejao’s contract is guaranteed at roughly $9M/season for three more seasons. Yikes. That’s an albatross, especially for a dude that missed 51 games last year. The Pistons could probably get Varejao for pretty much any short-term contract, if they wanted.

      • Jun 1, 20112:42 pm
        by Scott

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        Besides, I was going to include Hickson instead(as I did in my first deal) but I was told that, for whatever reason, Hickson is untouchable. And Johnson had a solid first year and CV can still play some. Sorry but I still think the Cavs get a good package(a helluva lot better than the first one I proposed).

        • Jun 1, 20112:46 pm
          by brgulker

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          If the Cavs can’t do better than Rip and Charlie V for the TE and Varejao, they’re managed by a very incompetent person.

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