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Pistons returning to cheaper Orlando summer league

David Mayo of MLive:

The Detroit Pistons have committed to returning to the Orlando Pro Summer League this year, president of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed Monday.

That comes just after a report by Ric Bucher of CSNBAYAREA.COM:

The recompense is an important component because teams are looking at their line-item expenses more than ever these days and the costs of having a Summer League team is one of the biggest. One general manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it is the second-biggest item on his budget, topped only by the cost of preseason training camp. Teams, on average, bring with them a 40- to 50-person contingent that includes players, coaches and support staff. The league schedule is held over 10 days but teams often come in several days early for a pre-league mini-training camp.

That, the GM said, is one reason why the Orlando Summer League has grown from six teams to 10 since it started in 2007

I’m not against the Pistons saving money (even if they say Lawrence Frank prefers Orlando anyway), especially in an area like this, where the more expense alternative doesn’t seem particularly advantageous.

However, by the fifth day in Orlando, most players seem too burned out to put much effort into their fifth game of the week. Does playing five rather than four summer-league games really matter? I doubt it, but if the Pistons think it does, realize they’re giving up something to save money.

Again, the trade off might be worth it.


  • Mar 20, 201310:36 am
    by Mr.BlockedShot


    First time we’ll see Drummond in action again? This time get ready for the show…Middleton, English and Slava will make the team for sure if they’ve not left the team in the post-season. I wonder wether BK7 will play again there…

  • Mar 20, 201311:10 am
    by Oracle


    This sort of decision makes sense to me.  It doesn’t necessarily mean that the Pistons are a cheap organization, either.  Perhaps saving money on summer leagues makes them more likely to go over the cap or delve slightly into luxury tax range some odd year?

  • Mar 20, 201311:42 am
    by Corey


    I think it makes tons of sense to keep the rookies away from Las Vegas. They’ll get in least trouble in Orlando off the court

  • Mar 20, 201312:05 pm
    by Ron


    Orlando Summer League sucks. I was really looking forward to seeing Drummond in Vegas this year.

  • Mar 20, 20133:36 pm
    by Big Rick


    I know right! Me too. I went to the Summer league in Vegas during Monroe’s rookie year. Actually got the chance to meet him and got an autographed souvenir. Met a couple of other players too, like Derozan. Pretty cool experience overall. Saw Joe D as well. 

    Being a Piston fan living in SOCAL (S.D) is not conducive in getting your Piston’s fix. I have to pay an arm and a leg to get NBA league pass or get online to follow my favorite team. Season tickets are in the same ballpark as the price for League Pass, sheesh!  

    Vegas is only a 4 hour drive so I was looking forward to trying to make Summer League an annual event. It was fun while it lasted, don’t need too many reasons to go to Vegas though. But it was nice being able to get in the car and drive to go see your squad instead of having to fly back to Detroit or wait for the annual west coast road trip to go see them play the Clippers or Lakers. Guess that’s another reason to hate Frank, LOL. 

  • Mar 20, 20139:35 pm
    by robertbayer


    If Frank is still the head coach after this season, that will suck and I will only continue to hate him and those in the Pistons organization who support such a loser.

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