Detroit Pistons: Joe Dumars Wise to Pass on NBA Trade Deadline Deals
If you have read any of my articles, you will know that I am not the biggest fan of Detroit Pistons team president Joe Dumars.
Loved him as a player, loved him in his first five years as team president, and I will always love him for delivering three titles.
But I am an outspoken critic of his performance since the team's championship in 2004. So when I say that Dumars is doing a good job lately, you can really believe me.
The Detroit Pistons stood pat at the trade deadline this year, and it appears to be a fairly wise step.
However, this isn't to say that the team wasn't actively shopping. According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons were in talks to acquire Chris Kaman, Carl Landry and JaVale McGee. In his article, Ellis wrote that Detroit offered one of their big contracts (Ben Gordon or Charlie Villanueva, he didn't know which) and a future protected first-round pick for Kaman.
This would have been a good move for Detroit to free up space as Kaman is a free agent after this year (although he probably could be talked into re-signing given his Michigan roots).
However, the New Orleans Hornets showed yet again how poorly they are run by proposing a counter offer of Landry (who is a free agent after this year) for Jason Maxiell and this year's first-round pick.
Dumars gets credit for the first offer, but he doesn't get credit for rejecting the counter offer. Only someone on a serious crack bender would even consider this move, and I'm not sure even the crackhead would have said yes.
Maxiell can opt out of his deal after this year, so basically it would have been a case of swapping expiring deals and giving them a lottery pick in a very deep draft.
I also am glad that the Pistons didn't get McGee, although it looks like Washington wanted Greg Monroe, and, again, Dumars is not on drugs.
The only other player that was widely discussed was Austin Daye, but apparently the Pistons didn't get the right offer for him. Personally, I think that Detroit needs to just cut bait with Daye and get whatever they can get for him; but if he isn't causing trouble, he is cheap enough that he can just ride the pine until the season is over.
At the very least, he could figure into a larger deal down the line, but he certainly isn't a part of the Pistons' future plans right now.
Overall, it appears that this year was a seller's market, and Dumars was wise to sit this one out.
The Pistons really gain nothing from getting someone like Kaman right now. Sure, they will win a few more games, but by winning more games this team pushes itself further down in the lottery, and Detroit needs a high pick in this year's NBA draft.
Dumars needs to get some credit for the job he has done recently. The drafting of Monroe was inspired, and has panned out like nobody could have dreamed.
Jonas Jerebko also is a good pick, and it appears that Brandon Knight might have a bright future as well.
Additionally, Dumars was wise to hold onto Rodney Stuckey when all of the media (myself included) was calling for him to deal the guard. And the hiring of Lawrence Frank appears to be a good one as well, as Frank is doing a great job of getting the team to improve.
Now does this unmake the disastrous moves of the less recent history? Of course not.
But it does give me hope that Dumars is getting back to his roots, and is remaking this team the right way.
That really is all any of us can hope for.
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