At this rate, I might be able to actually get Joe Dumars’ job. Let’s compare everything good move he’s made to the bad:
Traded for Rasheed Wallace, the last piece to the 2004 title
Did not extend a washed-up Ben Wallace
Drafted Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Kaman, Kirk Hinrich, TJ Ford, Josh Howard, David West, Marquis Daniels.
Extended Rip Hamilton for 3 years and 34 million.
Traded away Chauncey Billups for a washed up Allen Iverson.
Signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva for a combined 20 million dollars.
Signed Kwame Brown for any amount of money.
Hired coaches Michael Curry and John Kuester, both of which “lost their locker rooms” within 1 and 2 seasons, respectively.
Has considered Isaiah Thomas for any jobs in the organization.
Wow. Impressive. Do all these incredibly egregious offenses negate winning a title and making the Eastern Conference Finals all those years in a row? Amazingly, I don’t think so. That’s how much winning even 1 title means. But maybe if the Pistons stay this bad for much longer.
Rip Hamilton: 12.65 million
Ben Gordon: 11.6 million
Charlie Villanueva: 7.54 million
Jason Maxiell: 5 million
Will Bynum: 3.5 million
Rodney Stuckey: 3.86 (qualifying offer)
Greg Monroe: 3 million
Ben Wallace: 2.24 million
Austin Daye: 1.9 milion
Terrico White: 788,872
Total: 48 million
Tayshaun Prince: 11.14 million
Chris Wilcox: 3 million
Tracy McGrady: 1.3 million
DaJuan Summers: 762,195
Jonas Jerebko: 762,195
Total: 17 million
Also, let’s identify who are key parts of the team going forward, for various different reasons. I think that Greg Monroe, Austin Daye and whoever they select with their 8th pick are the makings of a core. Villanueva and Gordon will also be around, for contract reasons. Bynum, Maxiell, Wallace and Rip will all be long gone by the time the Pistons are in contention again.
1). Blow up the final pieces of the 2004 Pistons
This team lost 52 games, finished 7 games behind Indiana for the final playoff spot AND had 14 million dollar worth of expiring contracts and did….what with it? Oh, nothing? Oh. Add that to the check list Dumars.
I can’t imagine there was a world where Tayshaun Prince wasn’t worth at least a 1st round draft pick, or Chris Wilcox a 2nd rounder. That’s ludicrous to me. He’s a free agent this year, and he won’t want to stick around for a Detroit rebuilding effort. Goodbye, Tay.
Then there’s the final connector to that 2004 team in Rip Hamilton. He’s still got a lot of talent and will definitely have something to prove going forward, but has nothing left to give this franchise. I could see a match with the Bulls, Spurs, Suns, Celts, Knicks, or Nets. They actually should have done this two years ago, but instead thought it would be a better allocation of funds to give money to a point guard who can’t pass (or shoot anymore) and another guy who someone once called a “cancer to the team + league”. Wow.
Ben Wallace has 1 more year on his deal, but at this stage in his career, I don’t really count him being on the team anymore.
2). With the 8th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons select Alec Burks, from the University of Colorado – Boulder.
From what I’ve seen of Burks, he reminds me a little bit, ironically, of Rip Hamilton. Nice size for a 2-guard, high release point on the shot, same moves to the elbow, but not a fantastic thr… Read more...