With the regular season finally over and the NBA Playoffs in full swing, the Detroit Pistons are already in offseason mode. There is much for Joe Dumars to consider as he tries to improve upon a dismal season.
While the frustration still lingers, the Pistons at least have some positive things to build on. They have some nice pieces in place—Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight—and they showed improvement from last year under first-year coach Lawrence Frank.
They are certainly not the bottom of the NBA barrel. That distinction belongs to the Charlotte Bobcats. Let's face it though, the Pistons aren't that far from it.
Major improvements must be made if Dumars and the rest of the Pistons organization hope to compete in the Eastern Conference with Miami and Chicago—two championship-caliber clubs who will likely be at that level for some time.
The Pistons need to upgrade personnel at various positions. The best way to do that is to unload underachieving players for better ones. If only it were that easy.
Dumar's is in a quandary. He has a handful of players that he'd like to jettison, but not many of them have much trade value.
Here are five players that I think have the most value, and therefore are good bets to wear different jerseys next season.