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Pistons reportedly express interest in Brandan Wright

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

The Mavericks would like to bring Brandan Wright back to Dallas, but there are several teams interested in the high-flying, high-efficiency backup big man’s services.

According to a source, the Mavs, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks all expressed interest in Wright during the opening hours of free agency.

Wright played for a minimum salary the last two years, completely outperforming his contract. He’s in line for a big raise.

Offensively, Wright finishes well inside and doesn’t try to do much else, which makes him very effective but limited. Defensively, he blocks a lot of shots, but at 6-foot-10 and 210 pounds, Wright struggles to defend his man and rebound.

The Mavericks didn’t ask him to do more than he’s capable of doing, so some catch-all numbers rated him extremely highly. There’s little evidence Wright can take a bigger role, though.

For the Pistons, he could be a fine backup and maybe a good complement to the Pistons’ big men, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

53 Comments

  • Jul 1, 201310:33 am
    by Ryan

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    Nice. Cheap, quality option.

    • Jul 1, 201312:20 pm
      by tarsier

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      I have no idea how cheap he’ll be. Big men are notorious for being overpaid. Even the all-D, no-O ones.

  • Jul 1, 201310:42 am
    by Matt

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    They should have interest he’s a good backup center. If cheap I’d like to have him. He already has 2 things going for him, he’s not Kravtsov and he’s not Maxiel.

  • Jul 1, 201310:51 am
    by Black_Magic

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    of course, the only types of players that are wanted in this town, cheap role players. But they are expected to turn the franchise around.  Love it
     

    • Jul 1, 201310:57 am
      by Ryan

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      Let’s count how many 3s Smith jacks up in Boston and FTs Iggy misses in Denver next year (I’m surprised by that stat) and refer back in a few months. Detroit’s a 7th/8th seed next year at best, no matter what. Not always worth blowing cap space on the best available talent (as this city well knows).
       
      Trades are a different story. Brandan Wright wouldn’t cut into the cap enough to hinder those moves…

    • Jul 1, 201311:18 am
      by G

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      Detroit has 3 major needs – PG, SF and backup big. So far there are only rumors about a Lin sign & trade, and both Iggy & Smoove have come in but aren’t great fits. This is the only player Detroit is reportedly linked to that is a solid fit & available at a reasonable price.

      Nobody’s clicking their heels over this, but Wright would be a good add to the bench. 

      • Jul 1, 201311:50 am
        by ryan

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        This is one of the few deals I’ve seen that makes sense. I don’t know where the hell Tom Gores got the win-now mentality but I don’t like it at all. Win-now mentalities usually result in a team making the playoffs getting their asses beat and the whole roster eventually being blown up after two or three years of being expensive, mediocre and hard to watch/like.

        I’m all about the OKC or San Antonio model of building slowly through intelligent draft moves and judicious trades. Brandan Wright helps us build without breaking us financially or tying us to a jerk like Josh Smith or a broken down retread like Kevin Martin.

        I loved the draft but so far I’m not a fan of most of the guys we’re looking at in free agency.

      • Jul 1, 201312:00 pm
        by I HATE FRANK

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        IMO..PG isnt a major need…

        If it was a MAJOR Need a PG would hae been out target in the draft and free-agency

      • Jul 1, 201312:00 pm
        by I HATE FRANK

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        IMO..PG isnt a major need…

        If it was a MAJOR Need a PG would hae been our target in the draft and free-agency

        • Jul 1, 201312:22 pm
          by G

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          Who’s running PG then? Knight, with his 4 assists, 3 turnovers and inability to make an entry pass into the post? Stuckey, with his 4 assists, 2 turnovers, no range and his poor passing skills? Siva?

          • Jul 1, 20132:54 pm
            by tarsier

            exactly

          • Jul 1, 20133:36 pm
            by I HATE FRANK

            Yes, Knight with an actually real line up…

            he will be fine at PG,… PG isnt a MAJOR need…

            So Singler 8.9ppg 42% 35% who came out of college as a SF/PF is the idle backcourt Partner for Knight?

            Or maybe Maxiell @ PF was the Perfect Pick and Roll option when he was shooting below 40% for more than half of the year…

            Greg Monroe shooting what 20-25% on shot up shooting situation really helped Knight ast number, and dont get me started on him not taking open 15-17 footers

            Stuckey worst year as a pro….

            Or dont forget about ISO….TAY!

            All of that plus injuries …

            No PG IS GONNA SUCEED In that line up…. SMH …. I dont believe Knight is Rondo or Chris Paul, he’s not just going to elevate the talent around him, but he can be like Mike Conley, Jeff Teague, and some other if you put talent around him he will produce…

          • Jul 1, 20133:52 pm
            by Huddy

            So what you are saying is Knight isn’t ever going to create shots for anyone, but if he is in a line up with good players he can make the passes that pretty much any PG can make so his assist numbers will go up.  That’s not very exciting.  For the most important position on the court with the most impact on the players around it the team is going to need a lot more than “fine”.
             
            I would never argue he has been on a great roster, but I would certainly argue that it is no worse for a guy trying to get assists than the one Kemba Walker is on, and he produces more while shouldering a bigger offensive role simultaneously.  Outside of Henderson  (whos isn’t very efficient) Charlotte has horrible shooting(worst in the NBA) all around and no post presence for a PG to get easy assists and Walker still manages almost 6 apg and has improved year to year.

          • Jul 1, 20134:29 pm
            by oats

            Monroe is good in the pick and roll. He ranked 46th among all players in the league in points per possession as the roll man. That’s clearly good. Andre Drummond was great as a roll man. I know the argument of Knight not playing with Drummond. The thing is, that argument is dumb. They got time together early on, but Knight sucked at running the pick and roll. Bynum ran it well, so they ended up playing Drummond with Bynum. The main reason Knight was rarely paired with Drummond was that he was a bad point guard.

        • Jul 1, 201312:23 pm
          by oats

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          Detroit’s been rumored to be after Calderon. I don’t think they’ve met officially yet, but they definitely talked about bringing him back before the season ended so maybe that’s why he hasn’t been a first day guy yet.
           

      • Jul 1, 201312:26 pm
        by tarsier

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        They need a wing. Pope fits just as well at SF as he does at SG. Eric Gordon would be risky, but is an option. Mayo and Evans too if they don’t cost too much. If no great options present themselves, I’m all for giving Wright $8M/4 yrs.

        • Jul 1, 201312:40 pm
          by G

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          Pope fits MUCH better at SG than at SF at the moment. If he can add muscle, he could be a decent combo forward, but on the short term he should be viewed at strictly a SG.

          • Jul 1, 20132:56 pm
            by tarsier

            combo forward?

            I certainly wouldn’t put him at PF.

            And there are almost no strict SGs in the league. It just doesn’t work that way. 

          • Jul 1, 20132:57 pm
            by tarsier

            because the opponents you would be guarding playing the 2 are often the same as the ones you’d be guarding playing the 3.

          • Jul 1, 20133:11 pm
            by G

            I meant combo forward in the G/F sense, not the SF/PF sense. Point is, if you’re willing to put KCP at SF then you need to throw out a big SG or they’re going to get beat up.

          • Jul 1, 20133:34 pm
            by tarsier

            If he can’t handle SFs, he’s going to get beat up regardless. That’s my point. SGs in this league have to be able to defend SFs and vice versa. Because most wings are just wings. They are not very specifically limited to playing the 2 or 3. So the opponent will regularly have 2 SGs or 2 SFs on the floor depending on how you define any given wing.

          • Jul 1, 20134:29 pm
            by G

            Plenty of guys can’t handle SF’s but do ok with SG’s, and vice versa.

        • Jul 1, 20131:46 pm
          by Filo Putz

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          I realize he’s athletic but you want to sign a 210 lb. back up center???

    • Jul 1, 201312:23 pm
      by City of Klompton

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      An upgrade over the scrubs we have coming off the bench is something to celebrate.  If only for a minor upgrade such as Wright.  He fits this team (and city) incredibly well.

      • Jul 1, 201312:35 pm
        by Matt

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        I’ll celebrate more when we upgrade the scrubs we have starting the game.

        • Jul 1, 20136:46 pm
          by CityofKlompton

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          That will cost a lot more $$$ and it also sounds like those are on the way. However we need both so we stop blowing late leads. Any good signing is worth cheering for. 

  • Jul 1, 201310:53 am
    by I HATE FRANK

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    More Athletic….more, more,more

    I LOVE IT!

  • Jul 1, 201311:08 am
    by Tom Y.

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    He’d be a great, great pickup. A frontcourt of Dre and Moose with Wright and Mitchell behind them should be amazing. I really like the Pistons maximizing their strength. This way, if they add a good P&R point guard and some quality shooters to space the floor, the offense can continue flowing even while Moose or Dre take a rest. And Moose will always be paired with an atheltic big to help him on both sides. I really hope this happens (and very much hope Josh Smith doesn’t).

    • Jul 1, 201311:52 am
      by ryan

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      Agreed. I hope that Josh Smith gets a maximum contract from Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, New York or Houston. I’d love to see him jack up threes and bitch at his coach in almost any uniform but ours.
       

  • Jul 1, 201312:04 pm
    by koz

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    Pass on Smith, keep adding  through the draft, Joe doing well there and pay for what is really needed in 2014.

  • Jul 1, 201312:18 pm
    by blighty

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    Gore is acting like such an idiot it blows my mind. What is so difficult to grasp about the way to build a good team? Neither Smith or Iggy are anything close to a good fit(Smith is a good all round forward but lousy on the wing and Iggy is on the downside of his career), and they are both WAYYYY too expensive. A nice core is being built here, but I don’t know what fantasy Gore is acting under if he thinks they Pistons are just one pricey free agent away from contending. Seriously. We are still a PG and a wing short(just a pet peeve, but I am really sick of the SF / PF / SG / C labels. So meaningless. It is point guard, 2 wings, 2 forwards. end of rant). I would think a competent pick and roll could be found without breaking the bank. The other wing to move Singler to the bench unit is the tougher find, though.

    • Jul 1, 20131:05 pm
      by Max

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      Gores is an idiot?   The Pistons are REQUIRED by the league’s rules to spend a TON of money this summer.   Therefore, they can either spend it on one great player or several scrubs.  Apparently you’d rather they spend it on several scrubs because you are not interested in winning now which is a LOSER’S mentality.   Bringing up OKL and SA is pretty silly.   Firstly, the Spurs have never not been contenders since the day the drafted Duncan about 15 years ago.   Secondly, the Thunder like the Spurs had the good fortune to draft one of the greatest players of all time and build around that.   I don’t think the Thunder should be looked at as any kind of great model anymore though since they shot themselves in the foot and proved they aren’t willing to spend the money to compete when they allowed Harden to go.   

      • Jul 1, 20132:16 pm
        by Tom Y.

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        Expensive does not necessarily equal great. It can, with guys like Chris Paul, Lebron, Harden etc., but some guys are just inefficient and not worth the money that they get based on their reputation. Josh Smith is one such player, not to mention he’s not a SF. Iggy is better, but still he’s a 30 year old guy who’s game depends on his athleticism and probably expects a 4 year contract.

  • Jul 1, 20131:02 pm
    by Vic

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    All the Pistons need is 2 people, a starting 1 and a starting 3, with intelligence to lead the team and good assist/to ratios.

    Calderon
    Iggy

    Keep it simple.

    Calderon/Stuckey/Siva
    KCP/BK
    Iggy/Singler/Middleton
    Monroe/Mitchell
    Drummond/Kravstov

    Thats a good balanced, probably dominant team. With Monroe spacing the floor this year Iggy wouldn’t be a problem. Iggy would be a plus contributer anyway. Please no Josh Smith. You just drafted Tony Mitchell you don’t need Josh Smith at all. 

    • Jul 1, 20131:07 pm
      by Max

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      Thanks for the sanity, Vic.   

    • Jul 1, 20133:44 pm
      by cr29

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      It’s a decent team with a ‘decent’ ceiling. You’ve got 0 superstars, at best 2 all-stars. Better than now, sure but that’s a team that is lucky to get out of the first round. And sadly 2 of your starters on this ‘decent’ team are on the tail end of their careers.

      • Jul 1, 20135:00 pm
        by Max

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        The only real hope for the Pistons is that Drummond is a superstar and I believe he will be.   Monroe and Josh Smith are all star caliber players already.   

        • Jul 1, 20135:01 pm
          by Max

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          Oops, should have said Iggy and not Smith but either are all star caliber players.  

  • Jul 1, 20131:31 pm
    by Greg

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    At this point we can only hope Josh Smith is some type of smokescreen. Wright would be great addition and would bolster our front-court rotation (hopefully we don’t overpay because it seems he has an increase in demand around the league).

    My hope is JoeD would pursue Jeff Teague. To pry him away from Atlanta we would most likely have to offer a contract in the range of 8-10 million. Jrue Holiday and Stephen Curry have extensions in the range of 41-44million so about 11 million over 4 seasons. By no means is Teague near the level of Curry but to be able to take him away from Atlanta the contract would have to be near that range (preferably less 4 years 9million).

    An alternative option (meaning we don’t get/pursue Teague) would to after Brandon Jennings. I understand his shooting is nowhere what it should be and his assists numbers are no means all-star but he is a quality player who would grow with the team. Jennings also carries an ego, but is way better than the other free agents Detroit is pursuing (Josh Smith). Personally I have been a fan of Jennings since his high school days and would love for him to be on this team, in simple terms if the price is not right than don’t over pay.

    Hence, with the signing of a youthful point guard ( Teague or Jennings) I believe this will make Knight expendable. One of many possible trades for a SF now that PG position would be solidfied could include pursuing any of the following: Granger , Deng, etc. In my opinion, the best option would to pursue Granger. Given he is just coming of injury maybe we could get him at a discount. I believe with Detroit having one of the best training staffs in the league we would be able to keep him performig at a top-tier level. In order to obtain Granger, we should look to trade Knight, Stuckey, and future draft pick.

    In all a line-up of Teague, KCP, Granger, Monroe, and Dre would be able to get at least the 8th seed maybe even the 7th. Additionally, having Wright, Mitchell, Singler, JJ, and others ( Also if it iis possible Detroit a should sign a vetran point guard as a primary backup). Next season with CV coming off the books we should use that to sign Monroe to an extension if he does indeed fit with Dre.

  • Jul 1, 20131:55 pm
    by Black_Magic

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    u guys realize that we need to spend at least 18 mil?

    • Jul 1, 20132:34 pm
      by G

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      Better to do it in 3 or 4 different contracts rather than 1 immobile gargantuan contract.

    • Jul 1, 20132:35 pm
      by oats

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      Not a justification to overspend on a long term deal though. Front load contracts, or sign someone to a one year deal. There are ways to get to that minimum without potentially crippling the team’s long term outlook.
       

    • Jul 1, 20132:40 pm
      by G

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      I mean, if you’re just spending money so you can hit the cap floor. If there’s a player you really like out there, sure, spend $18M on him. But you better really like him, and you better be right.

  • Jul 1, 20132:34 pm
    by Pimp Zombie

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    I’d like to see them go get Chase Budinger. Could start over Singler.

  • Jul 1, 20132:45 pm
    by MrBlockedShot

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    Would sign him for a right prize right away. Some rumors indicate in Spain about Dallas being the frontrunner for Calderon. Hope they are just smoke…

  • Jul 1, 20133:11 pm
    by Keith

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    By the way, it should be mentioned (Patrick, Dan, whomever is interested) that Greg Monroe is going to be eligible to sign an extension between the actual start of free agency and the start of the season. While the team will still retain his RFA rights (and thus the right to match any offer sheet) at the end of the season, there is considerable leverage to consider. 

    1) The best players are signed early so teams can know their cap and plan ahead around their foundation players. Is Monroe the foundation of this team?

    2) The earlier you work out extension negotiations, the better chance one side can get a good deal. Is Monroe going to ask for the max, and is he worth it? Does he deserve the designated player 5th year, could we use that to work out a friendlier contract to the team?

    3) Short of turning into a superstar, this is the most value Monroe will have. With another year of cheap labor and bird rights, another team can afford to pay a large price. If Monroe isn’t the foundation of the team, or doesn’t appear to fit going forward, what could we realistically get in return and is it worth making a trade? 

  • Jul 1, 20133:40 pm
    by RyanK

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    Tom Gores to Vince Ellis, about Joe D’s future with the team.  Sounds to me like the Dumars’ last stand has been greatly exaggerated   With all that’s been written, I thought is was good to post this.

    Q: Some folks would take that to mean if you don’t make the playoffs jobs will be in jeopardy
    A: I don’t look at it that way. I think the goal is to do that and we should do everything possible we can to get there. I don’t just focus on results. I really focus on what happened. Are we working hard? Look at the process first. It’s all about are we doing the right things. … That’s what I’m focused on. Are we, as ownership, every single day, doing what we should? Is the front office doing what they should? Are we coaching at the maximum? And I expect that from all of us. All the way down.
    Q: Have you thought about what happens with Dumars (he has one year remaining on his deal) after next season?
    A: I think you guys talk about it and Joe and I don’t talk about it. We’re really just focused on getting a winner on the floor. We need a winner. The franchise needs a winner. Both of us are just really looking to try to put the right team on the floor. He has worked really hard already in this off-season. His team, I’ve met with them many times. … All the energy is putting a winning team on the floor.

    • Jul 1, 20133:43 pm
      by RyanK

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      It was clear Frank was going to be canned with what Gores said.  This makes it sound like Gores is happy with the work Joe D is doing.  Context is difficult to judge sometimes, but it doesn’t sounds like Joe D’s last stand…

    • Jul 1, 20133:56 pm
      by Ryan

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      It’s called PR. Gores provided very little substance in that interview. If we end up with 29 wins again, he’ll be very justified if he wants to bring in a new brain trust.

  • Jul 1, 20134:24 pm
    by Trent

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    Really like the idea of Budinger, long athletic 3 that can shoot. Injuries are a risk though.

    Because under the league rules we have to spend could we try over-paying a few guys on 1-year deals with team options? Just a safe bet in ensuring cap space for next season but if something works out, like budinger staying healthy and becoming our 3, we could keep them? It may be hard to entice guys like that but its a good theory.

    Iggy and Smith ideas stink. Iggy I could swallow because he is a good honest, hard worker but if we get 2 sleeves and head band and a waste of talent for a max contract Ill be steaming! W

    Something that also hasn’t been mentioned a lot either is the room we will need to resign Moose at the end of the season. I see this guy as our franchise, he is established and is becoming a locker room leader and (fingers crossed) and all-star. I would give him whatever he wants.

    And everyone needs to simmer down about BK, he’s still a kid, he’ll come along in leaps and bounds, I am sure of it!          

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