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Kyrylo Fesenko still a free agent, but not in game shape

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Dallas Mavericks are back in the mix to land free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko after the Golden State Warriors passed on the Ukranian big man, according to sources close to the situation.

Fesenko had committed to signing with the Warriors earlier this week, but sources told ESPN.com that Golden State and Fesenko "mutally" canceled their plans to finalize a one-year deal worth just under $1.1 million, in part because Fesenko needs an additional week or two to get into game shape after September knee surgery.

Sources said Fesenko is now leaning toward accepting the Mavs’ one-year minimum offer and is likely to make a decision by early next week.

Maybe after last night’s horrific defensive performance, the Pistons will look at Fesenko again. But if their lack of interest was mostly health-related, I can’t see them signing him now.

15 Comments

  • Dec 31, 201110:31 am
    by BIG MARV

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    Ok even if it was heath realated we never heard no news that the pistons actually made a call to utah about the situation or showed hard interest, At least it would have showed that they was was interested. Thats the bs we talking about now joe D dont want the guy, and if he do have health problems then why dallas looking at him? I bet they will blow the mil on him healthy or not just to get him off the market.

  • Dec 31, 201112:15 pm
    by ryan

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    He could sit in a chair in the paint waving his arms around and be more of a defensive presence than we currently have.

  • Dec 31, 201112:42 pm
    by flip

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    Not expecting anything from the Pistons on Fesenko. That would require them to use logic and reason, which isn’t one of their mantras posted up in the practice facility over at 3 Blowouts Drive in Auburn Hills.

    Besides, according to Goodwill, they got Charlie V coming back! What do they need Fesenko for, when big Charlie V is the answer to all their problems? LOL

    I remember the Pistons were in that frist geroup of teams interested in Fesenko last week, then suddenly no one was mentioning them anymore as a possible destination. Quite disturbing to say the least, that they would take their name out of the running. Considering, of all those teams listed, we are the worst team and need big man help the most.

    If Joe bowed out gracefully because he didn’t think he had a chance signing a  player who avg 2 pts and 2 rebs, to a 1 yr, $1 mil deal, then its sfae to say Joe cant land anyone anymore.

    If you cant even out-recruit other teams to get a player with that resume and for the cheapest deal possible, then you are the worst GM in the league.

    • Dec 31, 20113:23 pm
      by Max

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      According to your logic, multiple GMs would wind up as the worst GM in the league quite a lot of the time that players get signed because multiple teams are usually out recruited regarding players of every kind and stature.   You are illogical.

    • Dec 31, 20116:41 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      If a team signed Fesenko then pulled the contract after realizing he was in poor health or bad shape, how is it bad that the Pistons bowed out? Maybe they just looked into him and decided he wasn’t worth it? It’s not like they missed out on Bill Russell here or something.

  • Dec 31, 20111:50 pm
    by druhouse

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    Why not offer a 3 year contract and see what happens?

    That seems like a good idea, at least he is a frontcourt player.

    CV really is not going to fix everything when he comes back. Try something for some inside D.

  • Dec 31, 20112:23 pm
    by Laser

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    My prevailing thought is “what’s the point”? Does anyone think Fesekno is actually going to make a difference? Joe yammers on about adding a big man, but look at what we’ve already committed to: Monroe (our greatest/only hope up front) is going to play 30 minutes a night, Ben Wallace (somehow, sadly, our best defender) is probably good for 20 or so, Jerebko will play the majority of his minutes at PF, and we’ve got $5 million committed to Max for the next two years and $8 million committed to Charlie for the next three years. That’s five bodies right there that Joe either made significant long-term commitments to or won’t be able to significantly improve upon. And then there’s Macklin, who takes up some space and can probably be better than Max by season’s end if he actually gets some burn.
     
    Body isn’t going to be around much longer, and it’s clear that we could badly use an upgrade for the deeply flawed and utterly undependable Max and CV, but it’s complete bullshit for the organization to go around talking about adding an extra body without acknowledging that there’s been some pretty mad mistakes made to get us to this point.

    • Dec 31, 20112:57 pm
      by druhouse

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      Still have that amnesty clause…

      • Dec 31, 20113:56 pm
        by Talan

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        The deadline to use the amnesty clause this year has already passed. We’re stuck with the contracts we have barring a trade.

        • Dec 31, 20114:26 pm
          by druhouse

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          Oh really. Shit. We can only use that during the offseason?

    • Dec 31, 20116:44 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      “My prevailing thought is “what’s the point”?”

      The point is, Fesenko (or someone like Ajinca or Benson) is young, cheap, big and available. Most likely, all of those guys end up as stiffs. But if you sign one, give him some minutes in your weak frontcourt and one of them turns into a rotation caliber guy, it’s worth it. If they guy sucks, it’s not like you’ve invested a ton. The Pistons need to be looking for players wherever they can find them at this point.

  • Dec 31, 20114:46 pm
    by Talan

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    Yup. Can’t find the exact deadline but it’s about a week before the start of the season. Maybe when training camp starts.

  • Dec 31, 20116:29 pm
    by Ant

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    All’s I want to know is, why is Jason Maxiell getting any minutes at all??? Hes useless!

    • Dec 31, 20116:42 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Early on, I think it was because Villanueva was out with his suspension. With Villanueva back, I would assume we’ll see less of Maxiell. Not that seeing more of Villanueva is such a great alternative though.

      • Jan 1, 20121:50 pm
        by Ant

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        I highly agree but atleast with Charlie you have someone out there with potential. Max just looks lost and the only time he gets the ball is either if a rebound falls in his lap or if Tay (his boy) passes him the ball on offense only to miss what should be an easy lay up or jump shot. Its hard to watch him and only seems to be getting minutes because charlie v is out and I hope you’re right and never have to sit through a game watching us play 4 on 5 basketball! Last night we played a good game and I hope to see it continue but Joe please let Max go and lets let the younger guys play and let them develope a real leader on the team and not try to force one of the vets to take on the role when all they want to be is a role player.

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