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Pistons pick up defense in second half, cruise past Magic

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Recap | Box Score

105 Detroit Pistons
Jason Maxiell, PF 23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +12Maxiell notched his fourth double-double of the season, and did so in far fewer minutes than his others took him to achieve. He also helped force Glen Davis into an awful 4-for-16 shooting night.
Tayshaun Prince, SF 25 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +18Prince didn’t do much that stood out offensively or defensively, but his five assists tie his second highest single-game total of the season.
Kyle Singler, SF 33 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0Singler played within himself on offense and was great on the glass. He didn’t play well defensively because he’s still a non-shooting guard playing most of his minutes at shooting guard.
Greg Monroe, C 29 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +6Monroe was efficient on offense and, for the first time this season, did not have a turnover in the game.
Brandon Knight, PG 33 MIN | 7-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | +8The bad — Knight had four of the Pistons’ eight turnovers in the game. The good — he was excellent defensively against Jameer Nelson. It’s no secret that I’m not convinced Knight is a full-time point guard in this league long-term. But one part of his upside that I’m fully sold on is his defensive potential. He has the quickness and long arms to pressure the ball, get in passing lanes and contest shots. He did a bit of all those things tonight.
Charlie Villanueva, PF 13 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1Villanueva didn’t shoot well overall, but he hit two 3-pointers and six rebounds in 13 minutes for a guy that averages just over five boards per 36 for his career is almost miraculous.
Austin Daye, PF 6 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Daye is now just 3-for-13 in his last six games. His tendency in his career has been to let a couple of missed shots turn into a lot of missed shots over a long string of games. The Pistons have plenty of wing options begging for minutes, so if his slump lasts much longer, Daye won’t be in the rotation anymore.
Andre Drummond, C 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +13Drummond, once again, was the best player on the floor for the Pistons. He was a huge presence on the boards, he blocked shots and he even got two steals as well.
Will Bynum, PG 26 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +6Bynum’s scoring and shot-making was impressive, but once again, his six assists and one turnover were far more impressive. When Bynum slows down just a bit and doesn’t look to ram the ball down someone’s throat every time he touches it, he’s actually capable of providing competent backup point guard minutes. Hopefully his more steady play over the last few weeks continues the rest of the season.
Rodney Stuckey, PG 25 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +18With Villanueva and Daye not scoring like they were a couple weeks ago, Stuckey had his second best game of 2013.
Kim English, SG 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3Hey, minutes for everyone’s favorite out-of-the-rotation Piston Kim English! He made a shot and got a steal too, so maybe he’ll be next in line for minutes if Daye continues to falter.
Lawrence FrankNo real complaints about Frank tonight. The offense looked great all night and the Pistons made some defensive adjustments and broke open a close game in the second half. And Frank even played Drummond 24 minutes. That’s still not enough, but baby steps. We’re getting there.

66 Comments

  • Jan 23, 20131:12 am
    by Javell

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    It was a dunk contest tonite….. Bk7 is dunking like drose lol o knew he had it in him lol and drummond…. Woooooo he is somthing SPECIAL

    • Jan 23, 20137:10 am
      by Derek

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      Yeah that was crazy.  I was watching the game on my phone (thank you league pass!!).  Oops galore!  Brandon Knight caught a oop.  Drummond caught oops.  Stuckey even caught and banged a nasty oop.

      I loved seeing the team effort.  Frank’s message seems to be sinking in.

  • Jan 23, 20131:16 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    4 to’s for Knight…. But 5ast 3stl..when Knight plays fast and aggressive on offense, he does the same on defense …keep let Knight play fast because eventually the game will slow down for him…

    Drummond … Is amazing to watch…I pray he stay healthy for a long time…last 10 games 71% from the field 10ppg 9rebs 1.9 blks 1.1 stls …in only 23 mins …

    • Jan 23, 20137:13 am
      by Derek

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      That Bynum/Drummond chemistry is bananas!  Bynum threw so many oops to Dre that the Magic started backing up and giving him the driving lane.  Then they started collapsing and giving the shooters open looks.

      Nice!

      BK7 was aggressive and a bit reckless.  He needs to keep up the aggression, the rest of the game will come to him.

  • Jan 23, 20131:20 am
    by Brigs

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    I kno j max had a good good game but we coulda traded him for speights and Ellington. We would still give the griz what they need in terms of cap space while also giving them anthor big for the playoffs. Either way the next move or 2 joe d makes are crucial and will determine weather we are just fringe playoff team for the next few yeArs or are actually gonna compete for a championship for the next decade

    • Jan 23, 20131:24 am
      by Brigs

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      Ohh and btw he shoulda traded daye when he had the chance now he’s on anthor one of those slumps and will kill all the value he gained. 

      • Jan 23, 20132:15 am
        by jacob

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        Not the trade we needed, and i think everyone has figured out Daye is trash by now.

    • Jan 23, 20139:39 am
      by tarsier

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      That deal wouldn’t work with the Pistons because the entire point of it was that the Grizz gave up a first round pick to take $6M off their payroll. Detroit doesn’t have the cap space to facilitate that dump for them. They didn’t want Max or Leuer, they wanted to get under the tax.

      • Jan 23, 201312:54 pm
        by frankie d

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        what cleveland just did is exactly why joe d should be smart for once and not blow his cap space on an overpaid FA.  he should hold onto the space and then steal players/picks from a team in the same quandry memphis was in.  happens ever year.  a team – or team – needs to make a move strictly for financial reasons and a team that has been smart enough to not blow their cap space makes out like a bandit because they can absorb salary.  what cleveland just did is a heckuva lot smarter than getting into a ridiculous bidding war over often flawed players in free agency.

      • Jan 23, 201312:56 pm
        by Brigs

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        When maxiels contract comes of the books they would get under the tax. either way it just shows that joe d isn’t even lookin to get involved in any trades. I’m not even gonna think of any more trades because I think joe d is so set on having the maximum amount of cap space at the end of the season he’s not gonna do anything at the trade deadline

        • Jan 23, 20131:46 pm
          by tim

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          they need to get under the cap during the season.  Not in the off season.  We could not facilitate this trade.

          • Jan 23, 20132:18 pm
            by Brigs

            Wats the difference as long as they gepunter the cap before the start of next season they won’t pay the tax

          • Jan 23, 20134:40 pm
            by tarsier

            They also didn’t want to pay the tax for this season.

  • Jan 23, 20131:30 am
    by Thomas

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    Man, Drummond needs more minutes! Its the halfway point of the season and he still barely gets 20 minutes a game! What’s Frank’s plan, gradually work him to 26minutes per game by the end of the year? Smh. If only he could raise his FT % by like 30.. 

  • Jan 23, 20131:38 am
    by domnick

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    number 9  almost within our reach! :D lets ROLL!

  • Jan 23, 20132:16 am
    by jacob

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    How about the end of the 3rd for Andre Drummond! Just nasty

  • Jan 23, 20132:18 am
    by Venice

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    Boston also lost today .4 GAMES TO GO BABY!!

    • Jan 23, 20133:18 am
      by gmehl

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      The closer we get to Boston and Milwaukee the more those teams will start to panic and the harder our guys who haven’t tasted the playoffs will play. I don’t care what history say about us being up against it to make the playoffs because history never had Andre Drummond manning the paint. No matter what happens i am just happy we are playing with heart again.

      • Jan 23, 20139:40 am
        by tarsier

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        History has not had Drummond, no. But it’s not like at this point he is some sort of world beater. He is really good and very exciting to have. But history has had many, many better players.

      • Jan 23, 20139:41 am
        by tarsier

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        Also, approximately 100% of those better players got to be on the floor more than 20 mpg.

  • Jan 23, 20132:58 am
    by Vince

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    Good to see Bynum is finally getting consistent minutes and is producing well. Great game tonight, was really happy with Dre as usual. Moose doing Moose things and the team played fluidly and up tempo, good to see! 

    4 games is more than it seems guys hahaha, if we want to push for the 8th seed we need two things, a trade that brings more talent to Detroit, and more minutes for Dre. Both of which are going to be hard to do considering what Frank and Joe D have said over the season.

    That being said, we need a trade! Maxiell, Villanueva and Daye need to go, I’d personally prefer we trade them for expiring contracts or draft picks so players like Slava, English and JJ get playing time.

    Also, being a huge Macklin fan. VERNON MACKLIN IS BACK IN THE LEAGUE! Well the D-League… not too sure what happened in Turkey but can we sign him? Please? Joe D? Him and Slava have more upside than Villanueva or Daye.

     

    • Jan 23, 20133:03 am
      by Vince

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      Actually I take it back, theres more basketball potential in my used jersey than in Daye’s game.

      • Jan 23, 20139:42 am
        by tarsier

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        Daye’s game has never lacked potential. It’s production that he doesn’t have.

        • Jan 23, 201311:09 am
          by I HATE FRANK

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          LOL…get rid of all our 3 point shooter…but bring in Macklin…as though he is gonna change the game offensively….

  • Jan 23, 20133:29 am
    by Lord_Falkon

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    Whilst I’d be the first to put my hand up to have Drummond’s babies – and i also believe he is making pretty much every other player on the squad (except Daye) a better player. Whether it’s because he is inspiring them or he’s simply opening up the game for them…. Is anybody not in the slightest bit concerned with his FT%?  What happens when teams actually get serious in trying to stop him and begin sending him to the line to help contain him.  Will he ever be a go to guy on the offense because of this?

    • Jan 23, 20132:41 pm
      by sloppy joe

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      he has been working on his FT’s.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  A couple days ago he went 6-8 when being intentionally fouled.  I’m not saying he is a 6-8 guy at this point, but he is making improvements.  Who knows, maybe someday he will be able to add that 12 footer into his arsenal once his shooting improves…

  • Jan 23, 20133:51 am
    by jerrific

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    It’s sad this performance was enough to even be considered Stuckeys second best game this season.  I’ve never been sold on his star potential,  but this would have been considered a ho hum game for him just a season ago. Clearly he’s in a rut. It might be time for us to part ways with him before he loses whatever trade value he still has. He could probably fetch a solid rotation piece or late first round pick. Besides, he seems the type of player who might be revitalized by a change of scenery.

  • Jan 23, 20134:15 am
    by Gareth Masters

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    Why, oh why did we start 0-8…

    As others have said – very pleased to see the team playing with some real passion, we look like a proper team for the first time in several years, finally!

    Also the analysis of the Grizz-Cavs trade and how we could / should try and benefit from a similar type of trade with a desperate tax-worried team on DBB is great. Any ideas for such a trade?

    Which teams are likely most concerned about their tax positions?

  • Jan 23, 20135:26 am
    by Lorenzo

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    I don’t intend to rain in on those getting giddy over possible playoffs but I implore them to take a quick peak at the schedule…it is brutal over the next 10 games (not to mention how soft it has been in comparison the previous 10-12 games). I think it’s best to revisit the matter at the all star break ,at least, before we can even begin to draw any serious discussions over playoffs.

    • Jan 23, 20139:19 am
      by vic

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      Yeah February and March are both more than likely 6/8 and 5/8.
      April is probably the next winning month.

      So unless Boston and Milwaukee do a free fall, OR the Pistons start beating up on playoff teams consistently, they’ll more than likely keep their draft pick.

      The Pistons have some good role players but I think they need one more star to be a serious threat in the league. Drummond and Monroe are the Big 2. Need one more for the Big 3. 

  • Jan 23, 20136:31 am
    by Nick

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    I watched the game last nite and I saw atleast 2 of Knights 4 turnovers were passes that slipped thru Singler or Maxiells hands. Im just saying

  • Jan 23, 20137:13 am
    by Vince

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    “A Swedish reporter covered the Pistons-Knicks game in London last week and he had quotes from Jonas Jerebko, his father, Chris, and Sweden’s national coach, Jonte Karlsson. The focus of the article was the forward’s unhappiness with his role this season. Jerebko has been stuck to the bench since November and he previously told the Detroit media that he is hoping head coach Lawrence Frank will put him in the rotation. ”

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rumors/post?id=709 

    So it turns out I was right about JJ’s negative body language… I don’t have Insider Access, can someone please copy paste the article or tell me the gist of what it says? I really like Jerebko as a player and I hate how he’s been tossed aside this season, although I do understand the circumstances for why he is being benched.

    Anyone? Please? 

    • Jan 23, 20139:02 am
      by G

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      It basically says what you already quoted at the top, along with a guess that Joe D might be shopping Jerebko. Because that would make sense.

      • Jan 23, 20139:05 am
        by Vince

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        Thats really disappointing. On both counts, I was hoping for more from both the article and Joe D. 

      • Jan 23, 20139:43 am
        by MNM

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        To trade him, you gotta play him. Or else he is worthless. Basically what they are doing with Daye and CV..

        • Jan 23, 201310:32 am
          by tarsier

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          This concept is really, really simple: CV is not getting traded.

          It just won’t happen. Why? Because he can keep improving his play, but it won’t be enough to be worth his contract. So he will continue to be overpaid and be a negative asset. Any package Detroit sends out loses value if CV is included. So Detroit has absolutely zero reason to trade him. Because over the season, they can simply amnesty him off the books, but no other team in the league can. Any trade containing CV will be a less intelligent trade for his inclusion.

      • Jan 23, 201312:26 pm
        by G

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        That’s what you tend to get from the Rumors section on ESPN. Sometimes there’s something interesting in there, but most often it’s an update to an already existing story or it follows the current buzz, but rarely is there anything substantial. If there was, it’d be on the main page.

    • Jan 23, 201310:34 am
      by MIKEYDE248

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      It would be a shame to let him go.  He has always been one of my favorate current players.  In his rookie season he was the only bright spot on a disfunctional team.  If he could get back to playing like he did then, it would be fun watching him, Drummond, Monroe & Knight.

      I can’t wait for the day when we don’t have to talk about CV, Daye and Max.  I don’t mind Max, if he were a bench player getting 20 minutes a game, but not as a starter.

    • Jan 23, 201312:32 pm
      by G

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      The actual quote from the article was “Jerebko, with $9 million remaining on his contract after this season, is not rated by Frank and surely basketball operations president Joe Dumars is shopping the forward”. Basically the guy has no sources indicating that this is the case, he just expects Joe to trade Jerebko since he’s not playing and has a sizeable contract.

      It’s strange, since Jerebko was the Pistons’ best pick in that draft (why the eff couldn’t we have taken Lawson???) and they just re-signed him LAST YEAR… I swear, you could’ve given Joe D 20 mulligans for decisions he made over the last 10 years and he’d have run out by 2006.

  • Jan 23, 20138:18 am
    by Gareth Masters

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    There’s an article on MLive here: http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2013/01/detroit_pistons_facing_possibl.html#incart_river

    It discusses the 4 expiring contracts we currently have. What would you do with them?

    Would you consider re-signing ANY of them? (Clearly Maggette will be dumped without fail, and probably Daye now he is slumping again. We certainly wont make the $4m qualifying offer, that’s for sure.

    So really, I guess my question is would any of you be keen to re-sign Maxiell and / or Bynyum, and what sort of contracts would you offer, if any?

    • Jan 23, 20138:53 am
      by Vince

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      If Bynum keeps up his production, I’d be alright with Joe D offering him a 2yr/6-7M contract (3-3.5M per year). But that would be the max. Maxiell? He has a PO for 2013-2014 thats worth 5M, he’ll take it because he is smart, he ain’t worth that much anymore (or ever). Re-sign him? I wouldn’t, but if I had to, I’d give him a one year deal worth 2.5M.

      Daye and Maggette won’t wear the Pistons’ uniform after this season thats a given, odds are, neither of them are going to play in the L after this year anyways. I’m assuming CV will be amnestied as well, freeing up frontcourt minutes for JJ and Slava.

    • Jan 23, 20138:56 am
      by ryan

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      I’d have no problem with Will Bynum returning at the same salary because while he’s not ideal he plays hard and he’s a good dude. Still I would like to get add a better back up point guard and if we are able to do that it might make Bynum redundant so we’ll see. I like the guy and would like to see him here as we become good again.

      I have a similar feeling about Jason Maxiell but I want to see the minutes he plays going to Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Viacheslav Kravtsov so if he comes back he needs to know that it’s he’s looking at a reserve role. Really I’d rather have Ben Wallace here playing a bit and mentoring a lot over Maxiell.

      As for Austin Daye and Corey Maggette I’d love to see them gone immediately. For one I’d like to see Kyle Singler get minutes at the three since I think that’s his natural position and for another I still think Jonas Jerebko deserves to be playing. So those two need to go.

  • Jan 23, 20138:20 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I want to go on record….

    Everytime Knight start to dominate the ball, Prince then makes comments about the ball not moving enough…

  • Jan 23, 20138:21 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    I wonder who spoke to Knight?

  • Jan 23, 20138:52 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Someone need to create a Mid year highlight video for Drummond…Lillard is the clear ROY…but Drummond Defensively is way beyond any player in this draft…

    • Jan 23, 201312:32 pm
      by Javell

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      Everything u say i tend to agree with…. Lol tayshaun deep down dosnt like bk7 because his talent and he feels threatend as a captin of the team so he choses not to pass to him until 3 seconds is left on the clock…i hate tayshaun

      • Jan 23, 20132:52 pm
        by sloppy joe

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        Tayshaun is an asshole.  He seems to be very full of himself.  He seems to cop attitudes towards younger players on the roster.  That being said hes a decent player, better than anything else we have at the 3.  He needs to learn how to quietly get old and accept a lesser role in the offense.

        Funny story about Prince.  I used to work at Chipotle, and he would come in from time to time.  Once he was asked by a young boy for an autograph.  He was kind enough in saying he was too busy at the time(even though he was waiting in line).  A couple minutes later another kid walked up to him and asked for a picture.  His response, “I don’t have time for all this” as he walked out of the restaurant.  

        Point of the story: the guy is a dick. 

  • Jan 23, 20139:04 am
    by vic

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    great game… I think its going to be half the formula for Pistons success next year.

    Bigs dominating the paint.
    Point guard passing well.
    Wings attacking and hitting 3s.

    Notice the opposing shooting guard hit near 30 and only missed one shot, and Pistons still blew them out. They won majority on big play and pg play.

  • Jan 23, 20139:11 am
    by Michelob Mike

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    If Orlando goes into full tank mode, anyone think we should try and trade for Afflalo? I’d love him starting at the two.

    • Jan 23, 201310:23 am
      by tarsier

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      I’d guess Afflalo is available. But I don’t know what the Pistons have to offer. Obviously not Monroe or Drummond. Prince or Max are the best trade chips but they have no use to an Orlando in full tank mode. The pick is not in play. So probably some combo or Stuckey, Knight, Singler, Jerebko, English, and second round picks depending on who they like. I’m guessing Dumars would be awfully reluctant to give up fair value for Afflalo.

      • Jan 23, 201310:40 am
        by Michelob Mike

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        well if they’re just trying to tank/save money, then Maggette would work : )

        • Jan 23, 201311:26 am
          by tarsier

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          It’d probably have to be Maggette plus assets.

          Would you trade Stuckey for Afflalo? Knight for Afflalo? Either of those plus Singler/Jerebko? 

          • Jan 23, 20131:09 pm
            by Michelob Mike

            If Maggette + a second rounder wouldn’t get it done then yeah, I’d trade Stuck for Afflalo. Stuckey’s starting to look as broken down as Wade these days. AA is a leader, good shooter, good defender and is fairly paid.
             
            Knight/Bynum
            Afflalo/English
            Prince (someone else in near future, this would be our next step)/Singler
            Monroe/CV or JJ
            Drummond/Big Ben?
             
            Sign me up.

          • Jan 23, 20134:06 pm
            by tarsier

            I assume it would take more than Stuckey to get it done. But that would be a realistic start. Stuckey + a second rounder for Afflalo seems about fair.

          • Jan 23, 20134:45 pm
            by G

            Uh, I’m not convinced Stuckey is THAT MUCH worse than Afflalo. Afflalo’s defense has dropped the last couple of years, and despite Afflalo having better numbers on the surface, they’re both having similarly down years. Afflalo plays about 9 minutes more per game than Stuckey does, so their PERs are almost identical. Slow your roll with all the Afflalo love, what the Pistons really need is an athletic wing, like a Thabo Sefalosha-type

    • Jan 23, 201310:39 am
      by MIKEYDE248

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      I was bummed out when the Pistons let Afflalo go.  He was one of the guys I thought we should have been building the team around.

  • Jan 23, 20139:57 am
    by Gareth Masters

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    What about JJ Redick after last night, wow…

    Am I right in assuming he is an expiring contract right now?

    Ultimately we will need a lot of dead-eye shooters surrounding Greg and Dre

  • Jan 23, 201310:03 am
    by Michelob Mike

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    nah, I’d rather have Afflalo than red dick

  • Jan 23, 201311:26 am
    by tarsier

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    My contribution to the fun bogus trades pile:

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=axcfwcq 

    • Jan 23, 201311:41 am
      by I HATE FRANK

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      • Jan 23, 20134:05 pm
        by tarsier

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        I was going for something that would never actually be discussed but seems somewhat plausible if it were. There is no clear team that comes out way ahead or behind. It’s easy to set up a fake trade that brings in LeBron or Durant or CP3 for a pile of crap.

  • Jan 23, 201311:34 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    All this WE NEED a TRUE PG TALK NEEDS TO STOP!!!

    The top 10 Assisting PG’s in the league

    5 are on winning teams

    5 are on lossing teams…

    The 5 on Winning teams include..
    Russell Westbrook
    Ty Lawson
    Chris Paul
    Deron williams
    Tony Parker

    You can argure that Westbrook, Lawson, Parker are more SCORING PG’s… that Passing PG…
    btw all 5 PG’s play with ALL-STAR CALIBER TALENT At the SG or SF position…

    the 5 on Losing teams….

    Rondo – leads the league in assist
    Vasques – 3rd in the league in assist
    Caldeon – Passing PG
    Jrue Holiday – Scoring PG
    Jameer Nelson – Scoring PG

    Rondo is the only one playing wih All-Star caliber talent ( but they are OLD)

    So we can argue about Knight not being a true PG… but its about the talent you put around him… Prince is not it, and I like Singler but he is not it….

    • Jan 23, 20132:02 pm
      by apa8ren9

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      The talk of the true/real pg or help at the point stems from the fact we want Knight to show those qualities and stop with the high turnover games.  His lack in that area shows up repeatedly, I dont think that can be denied.   However, since Bynum has picked up his play with Drummond we can allow Knight to work through the problems he has and still be competitive in the games.  The difference now is we arent getting blown out and we are able to overcome when he has high turnover games.  That was not happening earlier in the year and the games were out of reach from a competitive standpoint.   I was clamoring for help at the PG but if Bynum keeps this up, I think we can ride out the season and ride out Knight and his turnover problem.  I think he will get that under control with another off season but I still want to see competitive games this year.  We may not win but Id much rather see close competitive basketball than turnover fests.

  • Jan 23, 201312:20 pm
    by Edgar

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    Thought: Is Andre Drummond a top-10 true center in the league RIGHT NOW? Just taking a quick tour of the league off the top of my head and i think you could make a solid case. You probably wouldn’t take him over Howard, Noah, the Gasols, Jefferson, Chandler, etc. But, take guys like Pekovic, Gortat, Vucevic, Hibbert and Asik. They have better numbers, but they’re also getting more minutes. And, Drummond definitely beats them in terms of athleticism and rim protection. I might be getting ahead of myself here, but Drummond’s just so exciting.

    • Jan 23, 20132:52 pm
      by Lorenzo

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      Probably not yet, the crop of big men in the league right now is solid. There are other athletic bigs in his mold (ala. Mcgee, Jordan) as well as others who’s skill sets are much further along right not (ala. B.Lopez and Cousins). The kid is good but give him some time before we put these monikers and the weight of the world on his back.

  • Jan 23, 20132:10 pm
    by piston moribund

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    Yeah!! Only NINE games under .500.  Trade everyone.  except Dre.  The rockets need a PF, wolves need a SF.  Lakers need a new team.  Everyone call Gores and tell him to fire Joe D if no trade goes down.  Pathetic….

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