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Keith Langlois: Pistons more likely to use cap room for trades than free agents

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

As I’ve maintained all along, my hunch is that whatever cap space the Pistons clear – and it could be anywhere from $17 million to $25 million, based on what we know now – will be more likely used to facilitate trades than to be spent on free agents.

Langlois speaks with Joe Dumars on the record more than anyone else covering the Pistons, so it’s very possible he has solid information here. It’s also possible Langlois’ hunch is based more on his personal beliefs. I don’t know which is the case here, but it’s definitely worth being aware of what he said.

22 Comments

  • Dec 22, 20124:53 pm
    by jkg1610

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    Get rid of tayshaun! Hes a ball hog and loves to slow down the game pushing the ball up the court like a pg! He so irritating and start drummond frank! 

  • Dec 22, 20126:08 pm
    by Giles mills

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    Sign Brandon Jennings , cause after we draft shabazz Mohammed we will be all right

  • Dec 22, 20126:18 pm
    by vic

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    that’s good news

    • Dec 22, 201210:36 pm
      by tarsier

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      That’s terrible news. To get a good player at a fair price in trade, you have to give up assets. To get one in FA is free except for the contract.

    • Dec 23, 20123:02 pm
      by Vic

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      That’s good news because money buys talent, and in free agency talent is overvalued, but in a trade you can use money to sweeten a deal for someone that has more talent than you – surplus talent.

  • Dec 22, 20126:26 pm
    by gmehl

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    If the Grizzlies crash a burn then we should go after Rudy Gay

  • Dec 22, 20127:26 pm
    by Vince

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    Do I smell a sign and trade?

  • Dec 22, 201210:48 pm
    by Jodi Jezz

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    Eric Gordon??

    • Dec 23, 20122:35 am
      by gmehl

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      Even though i like the way he plays i think Eric Gordon is way to injury prone to consider. Also if i have to see another piston uniform with that name on the back of it then i might just throw up in my mouth.

  • Dec 23, 201212:02 am
    by brandow

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    we should trade some players and then go back to chasing terrance williams and jonny flynn i would of really loved both of them on the roster

    • Dec 23, 20122:33 am
      by gmehl

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      Jonny Flynn is playing here in the Australian league (NBL) where he is playing ok but he is by no means dominating. There are better prospects than him running around here. As piston fans we just have to realize that this season isn’t about winning and making the playoffs but rather getting minutes into the young guys and seeing who we keep next season.

  • Dec 23, 201210:10 am
    by Phunwin

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    This only makes sense.  Cap space for attracting free agents is not nearly as valuable for a non-destination team (i.e. Lakers, Heat, Knicks, etc.).  The Pistons are likely to be a bad team, playing in a cold weather climate in a depressed city.  It makes much more sense to use that cap space to facilitate trades and pick up assets.
    The real question is whether those assets will have more value than the first round pick they gave to Charlotte to acquire that cap space. 

  • Dec 23, 201210:41 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    if we go after Josh Smith, he has to guarantee to sign an extension 

  • Dec 23, 20123:18 pm
    by Vic

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    I’d love to get Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers for Tayshaun or CV or Max and however much cash they want. They are going to need some extra help to beat Minnesota San Antonio and NYK

    • Dec 23, 20123:53 pm
      by Vic

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      Forward help, that is. They already have the best pg in the league

    • Dec 24, 20129:17 am
      by vic

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      ha, someone agrees with me on eric bledsoe

    • Dec 24, 201210:22 am
      by Vic

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      Forgot link: http://www.thenbageek.com/articles/the-1-4-way-awards

      Tayshaun or CV would be perfect for them 

  • Dec 23, 20124:51 pm
    by frankie d

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    signing free agents rarely works out.  using te space to facillitate trades  works a lot better.  hopefully joe d has learned that lesson.

  • Dec 24, 201210:56 am
    by apa8ren9

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    It’s not an either or proposition.  You have flexibility to use it in trades OR sign free agents OR do both.  That is all you can do anyway.  We seem to have drafted well so if we get the right piece in the off season we can actually challenge for the playoffs and not just talk about it.

  • Dec 24, 20123:28 pm
    by Corey

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    Eric Bledsoe would be worth giving up something significant to get. If he’s a free agent this summer (even restricted) they should try hard to get him.

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