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Winners and losers among remaining Pistons after Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye traded for Jose Calderon

Winner: Greg Monroe

For the first time in his career, Monroe will have a point guard capable of getting him the ball in his ideals spots. Turnovers have plagued him this year, but that’s partially due to him creating all his own offense. Less ball handling and more shots created by a guy like Jose Calderon is going to be huge.

-Brady Fredericksen

Loser: Rodney Stuckey

I suppose he isn’t really a loser, but his current predicament sure doesn’t get any better. He’s still not the dominant ball handler off the bench, and he still stuck standing in the corner chucking up 3-pointers. Frankly, he could be the next piece to go if Joe Dumars decides to make deals now rather than bank on landing free agents.

-Brady Fredericksen

Loser: Will Bynum

Bynum was becoming an integral part of the Pistons’ rotation. With Calderon on the scene now, he and Brandon Knight will likely occupy almost all of the playing time at point guard.

-Jameson Draper

Winner: Brandon Knight

Surprised? Think about it this way: For the first time in his career, Knight will see how to really play the point guard position. There’s a chance that won’t help,  but the there’s also a chance he thrives at shooting guard. He’s got plenty of options and a lot less pressure.

-Brady Fredericksen

Winner: Jonas Jerebko

Jerebko, who has not played much since early in the season, will likely re-join the rotation after the departures of small forward Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. There just isn’t enough depth at small forward to keep Jerebko on the bench.

-Jameson Draper

Winner: Kyle Singler

Singler is in a similar position to Jerebko. Singler, who has started at shooting guard, basically has no competition to start at small forward, his natural position.

-Jameson Draper

56 Comments

  • Feb 1, 20138:59 am
    by jacob

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    Trade maggette and stuckey for a solid 3 now.

    • Feb 1, 20139:02 am
      by I HATE FRANK

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      if you trade Maggette better get more than a solid 3 in return…Maggette accounts for 10 mil off the cap next year

  • Feb 1, 20139:00 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Heres the thing…. it all doesnt matter…if we are willing to start Drummond…

    This is the time to find out, can he play 30 plus minutes a night , on back to back and 3 games in 4 days…

    This the time to see can Drummond stay out of foul trouble…

    Can Drummond, and Monroe click together…

    Can Knight Defend the 2 position with the qucikness advantage…will he be a scorer? or a spot up shooter?

    having Calderon is good, but we can’t act like he is 24-25 years old…he is not the future, but he can give us a blueprint for our future with our future players

    • Feb 1, 201310:04 am
      by sebastian

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      I HATE FRANK is right. Calderon is not the future. I see his value best used at helping US to acquire a real SG or SF, as if he is traded prior to the Trade Deadline he can only be traded by himself and not with a combination of players, who are current members of OUR squad.
      Move Calderon to Denver for Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov.
      http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=b8tyea2

      • Feb 1, 201311:28 am
        by Keith

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        Why would Denver need another PG? They have Lawson signed to a big contract and Miller backing him up. Calderon wouldn’t even play and it’s not like they are in need of a salary dump.

    • Feb 1, 201312:32 pm
      by tarsier

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      In today’s NBA, 31 isn’t all that old for someone with Calderon’s game. I’m not going to count on it, but it would not be surprising if he had 5 more rock solid years in him.

  • Feb 1, 20139:05 am
    by Venice

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    I really hope we can sign Andre Igoudala this offseason. We can copy what the heat is doing where James is the one bringing the ball up the court and setting up plays for the team and Chalmeta can just run the break,spot up and defend. Igoudala can certainly handle the ball and this will help Knight continue with his  scoring mentality.

    • Feb 1, 20139:30 am
      by I HATE FRANK

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      Iggy will be 30!

      I’d rather go with a youth….

      My feeling is if we really dont see a player that fits the future and young mold of this team, just hold on to the money until 14-15 free agency…..

      Josh smith – does not fit the mold of this team…
      Iggy is 30 – not saying his game has declined but i think we’ve seen his best…

      Players that make Since…Oj Mayo, Tyreke Evans…and we will have to OVERPAY for Mayo…because Cuban cant afford to loss another young bodding star…

      I’d be happy with Tyreke he’ll be 24 years old next year… versatile can play PG, SG and some SF… he fits the mold of this team….

      If I was the Pistons i’d might take a swing at him now before the trade deadline …. probably could get him cheap…

      • Feb 1, 20139:40 am
        by Venice

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        Considering his age,If we can sign him for about 5-7 mil per yr in 3 seasons, I think it’s ok to sign him.Kander has his magic where he can rejuvenate a players career.Im not saying that Iggy’s game declined but, Kander MiGHT make him healthy during tenure here.

        Hey, it’s just my opinion.If we can an athletic wing or an all around type SF besides him, why not.  

        • Feb 1, 20139:48 am
          by I HATE FRANK

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          I think we can get tyreke for 4 years 28 mil…or 5 year 30 mil…

          Iggy would be 3-4…8,9,10 mill

          Tyreke youth, price, and his personality just fits…

          • Feb 1, 201310:10 am
            by Keith

            Tyreke doesn’t play defense and isn’t good enough a passer to actually play PG. There is a reason he hasn’t played there since his rookie year. He’s also a RFA, and Sacramento definitely isn’t going to let him walk at a reasonable contract. We would have to significantly overpay for Sacramanto not to match any deal.

          • Feb 1, 201312:34 pm
            by tarsier

            $30M/5yrs sounds about right. Yeah, Reke is a RFA. But Sacramento doesn’t seem thrilled with him. I have no idea if they would match or not. But it is worth offering.

          • Feb 1, 20131:22 pm
            by Keith

            After looking around at previous contracts given to players of Tyreke’s ability and reputation, I don’t even think he would sign a contract for 5/30. Jeff Green (who has been a consistently negative player his entire career) makes 9 on average. No way Tyreke signs for less than that.

        • Feb 1, 201310:07 am
          by G

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          IGUODALA HAS A $16 MILLION PLAYER OPTION. You aren’t signing him for $5-7 mil! You’d have to spend close to $20 mil or at least $18 over some years to get him to walk away from $16 mil & a MUCH better situation in Denver.

          I’d rather go after Corey Brewer. Younger, cheaper, good defensive wing, can hit the corner 3, AND is actually a free agent this summer.

          • Feb 1, 201311:01 am
            by hirobeats

            If we sign corey brewer I quit the pistons. He’s a bum. 

          • Feb 1, 20131:14 pm
            by G

            Really? Everybody seems anxious to grab Andre Iguodala. Well, Brewer shoots better than Iguodala, is younger, and is developing into a stopper on the perimeter. Brewer will be MUCH cheaper than Iguo at this point. Really you should be comparing him to the incumbents. Is Brewer a better NBA player than Singler? Yes. Singler has a better stroke, but he’s going to get eaten alive guys like Paul George.

          • Feb 1, 20131:18 pm
            by G

            I see Brewer filling sort of a Bruce Bowen-type role: frustrate the opponent’s best wing player & hit the corner 3. Brewer can do that, so I’d take him at $5 mil a year for 4 years or so. Jerebko got a similar deal & he’s a less useful player than Brewer.

          • Feb 1, 20134:12 pm
            by Crispus

            Brewer is just so goofy looking. He’s so skinny and has that weird puffed-chest posture. Still, if he can help, bring him in. 

  • Feb 1, 20139:13 am
    by D. Stewart

    Reply

    You may be right about Bynum being one of the losers in this latest Piston trade, but a 2nd unit of Bynum, Stuckey, Maxiell, Villanueva and English could actually be effective I think. Penetration, energy and spot-up shooting should all be available with that combo. Of course I’m also assuming here that Calderon, Knight, Drummond, Monroe and Singler will be (and should be) your starters. Trouble is … assuming things like that with Lawrence Frank at the controls isn’t always the best idea.

  • Feb 1, 20139:48 am
    by Crispus

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    Stuckey and Maxiell for Patrick Patterson and Royce White!

    I really like the Calderon trade. The logjam at SF was getting in the way of evaluating Jerebko and Singler and Middleton. By the end of the season we should know if they are adequate at SF or if we need more firepower there, which we can now afford.

    I’m not too keen on the FA summer. Even with the lockout and new CBA, all the GMs get all frenzied and write shameful contracts just to grab every last bit of potential that’s out there (Jeremy Lin’s Contract!). If you’ve ever done an auction draft for fantasy sports you realize how foolish people get under the impression of limited supply and how much talent ends up leftover on the waiver wire. I say wait for the dust to settle and leverage the stack once the accountants start ringing the alarms.

    Hopefully Calderon will be the one to cajole Monroe to take that midrange jumper. The offense could positively sing with a real PG running the show.  

    • Feb 1, 201310:00 am
      by I HATE FRANK

      Reply

      Royce White? lol..you just want the Pistons to be on ESPN Outside the lines…

      would touch that kid with a 10 foot pool… basically he wants to play when he feels mentally capable

      imagine planning for him in your rotation….then he cant go or doesnt want to go…kills a team chemistry…

      • Feb 1, 201310:21 am
        by apa8ren9

        Reply

        I ragged on you a bit about Austin Rivers so I wont feel bad about how you feel about Royce White.  However, unlike Rivers if White ever gets his condition under control, dude can ball out.  I would be all over the chance to actually get him.  He can throw dimes better than Austin Rivers even in his current condition!

      • Feb 1, 201310:31 am
        by Keith

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        I don’t really want White either. I am sympathetic to his issues, but the Pistons are about winning, not sympathy. I would definitely take Patterson as a backup, though.
         
        I also agree on the idea of letting the dust settle first. To be honest, it’s is unlikely we will be attracting top tier free agents anyway. Wait for the right deals on solid players to show up instead of jumping on the next Ben Gordon on day 1. Further, by waiting to see the financial situation of other teams, we can use that cap space to facilitate teams dumping salary in order to get good players as well.

      • Feb 1, 201310:36 am
        by Crispus

        Reply

        I know he could work out or not, but his contract and stock are both low. The Eastern Conference is much more driveable than the Western. Once he starts playing basketball and spends some time in therapy he can stop looking at his issues as an all-consuming dark cloud and can, as Dale Carnegie would put it, “Stop Worrying and Start Living”.

        It’s a response to all this Iggy talk. Why pursue old expensive Iggy when you can get Royce Da 6’8″ for cheap and try to develop him along those lines? If he doesn’t work out it won’t bankrupt the team or anything, you just send him on his way.

        • Feb 1, 201311:23 am
          by Keith

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          I don’t see Royce and Iggy as comparable players. Royce isn’t athletic enough to guard the perimeter and can’t really shoot. He’s a quality passer, but his skillset is all PF. He doesn’t provide the same utility. Iggy becomes our lockdown defender on the perimeter. Royce is more of an undersized Greg Monroe – great passer, but limited athlete.

        • Feb 1, 201312:11 pm
          by Crispus

          Reply

          Oof. You probably know more about him than I do, but I understood him as being a real versatile “swingman” type guy.

          Still, improving Royce and small contract > declining Iggy and $16 million contract.

          • Feb 1, 20131:01 pm
            by G

            Nobody knows anything about Royce White, he hasn’t played a minute of NBA ball. He may never. Why are we talking about Iguodala? He’s going to take his $16 mil player option & be a UFA next year, when he should be considerably cheaper. Forget about Iguo until next year.

          • Feb 1, 20131:57 pm
            by apa8ren9

            Yeah, you are right I was thinking maybe if Denver were in a salary crunch we could perhaps do something but we wont be in a position to offer Denver anything of value for him and if there is another 3 way deal, Iggy probably would be the center piece of the deal which would cut us out entirely.  I dont believe Denver is in any type of trouble salary wise, so we would definitely have to wait on that possibility.
            Oh and yes White and AI are totally different skill sets.  White could develop into more Charles Barkley than Pippen.  More PF great passing court vision, than lock down defender/wing man.
             

  • Feb 1, 20139:55 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    myf ear about Mayo is…

    he is having his great shooting season, normally players do not have repeat seasons like this…

    BTW: Tyreke is having a better season or equal season compared Iggy…by the numbers

    • Feb 1, 201310:15 am
      by Keith

      Reply

      Offensively, yes. Defensively, Iggy is arguably the best perimeter defender in the league while Tyreke barely tries.

  • Feb 1, 201310:07 am
    by RandomGuy313

    Reply

    I am not of the same opinion with regard to Bynum’s cut in playing time. If we agree that Singler will move to the 3, he is essentially filling Prince’s minutes and Jerebko would then take the remaining time Prince had and Daye’s minutes. 

    I think you make sure that Calderon and Bynum are not on the court together, but it is unlikely that they take Bynum completely out; especially given his chemistry with Drummond.

  • Feb 1, 201310:30 am
    by RobG

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    Right now, looking at the entire NBA with possible free agents and guys on contracts that may be moved, there aren’t a ton of options out there.  The two possibilities that keep coming to mind for me that make the most sense are holding on to the money and using the cap space to move up in the draft (Lets say our first round pick to Orlando for their pick and Turkaglou) that would allow the Pistons to possibly get a top 3 pick. The other option would be to sign one of the big guys available (Jefferson, Smith) and trade Monroe.   I actually like those options a lot better than dumping money on OJ Mayo or Tyreke Evans.

    • Feb 1, 20131:15 pm
      by Vic

      Reply

      I like that a lot. I hereby retract all my Iguodala/Tyreke requests.

      Id rather they sit on the cash, get a good 2nd rounder like:

      Solomon Hill or Carrick Felix – 3 and D small forwards. 
      Adriean Payne Or Andre Roberson – stretch 4
      Nate Wolters- backup insurance pg.

      Id also like to see them trade for a 1st round pick. If possible.

  • Feb 1, 201310:47 am
    by LT

    Reply

    espn trade machine says we could trade Stuckey&Maxiel for Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson
     

    • Feb 1, 201311:48 am
      by Ron

      Reply

      Yeah but real life says otherwise. Seriously wheres the BS Trade Police guy at? Why would the Kings trade two young assets for lower quality older ones in a straight up trade?

  • Feb 1, 201310:50 am
    by TJ

    Reply

    Wilson Chandler!! He makes sense. Michigan product, young, versatile and inexpensive. For Denver has iggy and no defense galinari, so they dont play him as much as they should. He would be the perfect fit here especially with Calderon.

  • Feb 1, 201311:08 am
    by hirobeats

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    Tyreke Evans, Wilson Chandler or trading up in the draft are the only reasonable options in my opinion… who ever we get at the wing has to be young, and HAS TO BE A PLUS ATHLETE. Suddenly, you have the Ston’s with one of the youngest and talented cores in the league. Even if they are still a few years from contention, they’d at least be exciting to watch. Something that hasn’t happened to Detroit Basketball for almost 10 years. 

    Side note. I’ve been a vocal Brandon Knight supporter, but I’m not mad at this trade. BK7 could stand to learn something from Calderon. I like it. 

    • Feb 1, 201311:26 am
      by Keith

      Reply

      Why is Evans a reasonable option? He’s a restricted free agent, and you ALWAYS have to overpay to steal one of those away. He’s also a poor shooter overall. He’s having a great year from 3 (by his standards), but still takes a ton of bad shots and is incredibly inconsistent outside the basket area. He honestly hasn’t done much more than Stuckey.

  • Feb 1, 201312:13 pm
    by Dre Drum

    Reply

    Don’t you think we could maybe go after Granger? With Paul George rising to superstardom soon, maybe the Pacers doesn’t have a spot for him anymore. He is returning from a long time injury and his contract is palatable. Yes, he’s making 13,1 million, but in the next season, if he doesn’t fit, we could use it since it’ll be expiring. He would fill a need on the SF. However, i don’t know which pieces in our roster could attract Indiana. Maybe they could be interested in Stuckey’s scoring and defense, Maxiell could help them on the playoffs and is also a expiring contract, Jerebko could be a decent Paul George backup. I don’t know, but considering our weaknesses are the 3 backcourt spots and the majority of the lottery prospects are centers or power forwards, we should focus on bringing a PG, SG or SF. I think that, with the options we will have in the draft, maybe is easier to find a SF via trade (i’m considering Shabazz and McLemore SG’s). Other options: Trey Burke, Marcus Smart and Michael Carter Williams.

    • Feb 1, 20131:28 pm
      by Keith

      Reply

      Granger would actually make a ton of sense, but it would retain a huge need for a guy like Calderon. Granger is a great shooter and quality defender, but he’s a poor passer and not an ideal isolation scorer. You don’t want him handling the ball like other top players because he’s very turnover-prone. He would still be our leading scorer, but I would want to retain Calderon in that case to set all our guys up in the right position.

    • Feb 2, 201310:21 am
      by TJ

      Reply

      Granger is 30 and been hurt for awhile. Unless he does whatever Grant Hill did to add years to his life span I wouldnt take him

  • Feb 1, 201312:30 pm
    by piston moribund

    Reply

    Outside of Paul and Howard(debatable), this years free agents are crap….its best to be patient rather then outbid ourselves for the bottom of the barrel, its like going into a store and buying something you don’t need only because its there and you have the money.  Its just ends up sitting in the corner as a sculpture.  Haha, hello Bowflex.  No more Bowfex please!!!! No more combo guards Evans please, no more playing for my contract Paul George please.  The only thing George is rising to is a big contract….Such short memories.
    When the tax hits, teams will be in pain and then they will need to unload their stars, thats when you go in.  Thats what Cleveland is doing and thast what Joe D should be doing, building through the trade and drafting well, not spending for sake of spending.
     

    • Feb 1, 20131:04 pm
      by G

      Reply

      They’re only crap if you overpay. There’s plenty of solid mid-level guys in the $8-$12 mil range that you could fit in on this team.

      • Feb 1, 20132:40 pm
        by piston moribund

        Reply

        8-12 Mil,
        Hmmmm, sounds like BG and CV.  Not working out and a huge drag on the development of the team.
        Hopefully Joe D has learned from this mistake.  The national consensus seems to be that how Joe handles this windfall will determine his current legacy.  The highest player on the team is still CV and he is still moderately productive, if only in a very limited and specialized role.  In about two years, we are going to have to make a decision on Bullwinkle so that could be a watershed moment for this team.
        Outside of Dre, gotta decide soon if Bullwinkle is going to be a max guy.  Right now the answer has to be a resounding no for someone as defensively handicapped as he is right now.
        Gotta think that having Jose will help BK, especially since this will be the first time in his relatively short career that he has someone to take direction from.  It certainly isnt going to be Frank, since he has no experience running a team from the PG position or any position for that matter.  It might be better off for the team, as many has suggested to take a flyer on Jose and re-up his contract, depending on if he wants to stay.  I agree that this will benefit the team immensely.
        Gotta love the new found optimism and hope and positivity that this trade has injected into this team.

      • Feb 1, 20133:05 pm
        by frankie d

        Reply

        mid-level = 8-12 million?
        maybe under the last CBA, but there has been a clear lowering of nba salaries since the last one went into effect.
        guys like gay, who’s going to make 19 million in a couple of years, despite a mediocre career, are going the way of the dinosaurs.
        if you look at top nba salaries, almost all of the guys who have 14 million + salaries are either the cream of the crop, or guys who got their contracts under the old CBA.
        imho, it is likely that salaries in the 10 million + range are going to go to all stars and superstars. roughly, that is going to be a new demarcation line, and most – those “mid range – guys are going to be signing in the 4-8 million dollar range.
        the days when guys like rudy gay get 16, 18 and 19 million dollar salaries are gone.
        that being said, i would be hard pressed to dip into the market this year and pay more than 8 million or so for any of this year’s free agents.  at least ones that detroit has a plausible chance of getting.
        brandan wright, amir, delfino, earl clark, jj hickson, maybe paul milsap, if the market is not too competitive…
        those are the only guys i’d probably chase.  
        maybe…just maybe i’d look at a couple of the restricted free agents, but the only way to really pry one of those guys loose is to do what a couple of teams have done, eg portland with wes matthews, where they front load the contract so heavily so that matching it becomes either impossible or utterly unacceptable for the team that holds the players’ rights.  
        so far, i’ve seen no evidence that gores is ready to emulate paul allen and throw money at a player in that way. 
        otherwise i sit tight and wait for teams who need a third team to come begging with young players and draft choices.  as i’ve said plenty of times, it happens every year and the few teams that can absorb salary end up making out like bandits.
        free agency is a trap, utter fools’ gold.  basically just hot stove talk for fans.
        it is the worst way to build a title team.
        the best way is through the draft, trades, and then adding a piece through a smart, reasonable free agent signing.
        but getting into a bidding war, and paying guys max money as a result is an incredibly destructive thing to do with a franchise. 

        • Feb 1, 20133:46 pm
          by Keith

          Reply

          Stupidity is endemic to the league offices. Bad contracts have continued to be given out since the lockout: Hibbert is making the max, Eric Gordon is making the max, Jeff Green makes 9 million a year, Landry fields makes 7 million a year. These contracts aren’t going away, but they are still bad. Fact is, Joe’s free agency history is inconsistent. Chauncey was a franchise changing find. Signing Big Ben and Sheed to market contracts was smart. Extending Rip this last time was bad. Prince’s contract wasn’t great and Stuckey hasn’t been worth the money this year. CV and BG are obvious.
           
          Joe right now is the GM that gives out bad contracts to mediocre players. He can change that perception this summer, but there’s nothing about the “new” NBA that gives him a leg up in ignoring stupid ideas.

          • Feb 1, 20134:25 pm
            by frankie d

            sure…there is never going to be anything that prevents teams from signing bad contracts.  
            but the max used to be ….what …up to 19-20 million.
            now max contracts are 13-15 million.  big difference.  
            which means that guys like rip, who made 13 million previously, are going to be in the 8-9 million dollar range – if they are lucky.
            that is happening already.
            years ago, jeff green probably signs a contract starting at around 9 million and maxing out at 12-13 million.  now he maxes out at 9 million.
            personally, i have no problem with these guys getting whatever they can get.  i only chafe when my team ends up tying its hands with stupid contracts that end up being tough to dump. 

  • Feb 1, 20133:03 pm
    by Steve

    Reply

    What about JJ Redick? I think we really need to abandon the stretch-4 concept and get a shooter that can actually knock shots down, and Redick is miles ahead of CV, Singler, or anyone else we have. I think the threat of the outside shot can open thinks up for Moose and Drummond down low and fit well with a penetrating point guard, whether it be Knight or Burke (think about what Stauskas does for Michigan). I think we should also sign Matt Barnes. He’s on the decline, so he won’t cost too much, but the defensive intensive is still there, and I think he and Singler can man the 3. Barnes can be a stop-gap before English, Middleton, Jerebko, or another wing can become a consistent rotational player.

    • Feb 1, 20133:10 pm
      by Steve

      Reply

      I definitely don’t want Tyreke Evans (Stuckey version 2.0), O.J. Mayo (bidding war with Cuban), Josh Smith (some of the worst shot selection in the game), or Iguodala (athleticism will drop with age, and will be too expensive). A name that intrigues me is Paul Millsap from Utah. I know that everyone wants Drummond to start, but he’s too foul-prone and our second unit would be crap. Millsap, Moose, and Drummond could each play 30ish minutes. Barnes/Singler at the 3. Burke/Knight/Redick/English at the guards. Slava/Jerebko/Middleton at the end of the bench.

      • Feb 1, 20133:49 pm
        by Keith

        Reply

        I don’t see a lot of value in loading up on big contracts for positions we already have covered. If we are signing Millsap to play PF, we should flip Monroe for a wing that we can utilize. We could play 3 frontcourt players 30 minutes each, but ultimately it would be very hard to get all our best players on the court at the same time. And that’s the goal. Having depth isn’t nearly as important as having a strong lineup in the playoffs.

        • Feb 1, 20134:25 pm
          by Steve

          Reply

          That’s a fair point. I don’t know how expensive Millsap would be – I guess only if he’s reasonable. The reason I suggested him is because he’s so under-the-radar as a free agent. Ideally, Drummond could work a little on his post moves and especially FREE THROWS so we could rely on him at all times throughout the game, and Monroe could play better defense and play a little better defense.

    • Feb 1, 20133:43 pm
      by Crispus

      Reply

      I really like JJ Redick. He’s taken his passing up a notch this year (only 4 fewer assists than Brandon Knight this year) and is still a consistent shooter. He’d be a good mentor or even just shooting partner for Kim English. I just have a feeling he will cost way too much in FA. These GM’s get that syrup in ‘em, they get all antsy in their pantsy.

      Barnes I think just rejams the logjam. I want to see what Singler and Jerebko (Nickname: The Ivory Towers?) can do given some minutes before we bring in outside help.

      • Feb 1, 20133:52 pm
        by Keith

        Reply

        Although unlikely, a great alternative would be trying to trade for Jared Dudley. Dudley can play the 2 or 3, is a very good shooter, and is already signed to a reasonable contract. With Phoenix not really being any good and looking to make a big splash in free agency, maybe we could swap Max’s expiring contract for Dudley. Phoenix gets another 5 million to throw at free agents (or hoard), and we flip Max for a long term piece as a deep threat wing with size or just high quality role player.

        • Feb 1, 20134:15 pm
          by Crispus

          Reply

          I would jump for joy. I’ve liked Dudley since I saw him in that anti-homophobia commercial.

        • Feb 1, 20134:20 pm
          by Steve

          Reply

          Well hopefully Singler, Jerebko, English, and Middleton will step up now that there’s playing time at the 3. Ideally someone will step up, but Barnes would be a cheap option if necessary.

          Dudley is a nice suggestion. Kyle Korver is also available, but I think he’s a little too one-dimensional. I’m not sure what the market will be like for Redick – hopefully he’ll be overlooked!

  • Feb 2, 20137:09 am
    by Eric

    Reply

    What is going to take to compete in the Eastern conference.  Everything is going to go through the Heat for the next few years.  1) Find a player that can match up against Lebron James defensively.  Who will be out on the free agent market.  Josh Smith.  His offensive play is not the greatest, but he can occasionally shoot the three, athletic and plays defense.  2) Pistons will need a SG who can shoot from beyond the 3pt line and has size.  OJ Mayo.  

    Pistons should by trying to dump Jerebko’s contract if all possible.  I am not worried about Stuckey’s contact as it expires in 2014.  Amnesty Charlie V.   Sign OJ for 15 million a yr.  Sign Smith to 10 Million year deal.   Sign some veteran big/pgs for cheap.  Pistons will still have some cap space and Stuckey’s contract will expire.  Room to sign Monore to a new deal.  Draft – pick the best player on the board as they have been doing the past three years.  

        

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