In the past year, team president Joe Dumars made two moves that have put the Pistons into a great spot this summer.
First, he dealt Ben Gordon to the Charlotte Bobcats for Corey Maggette and his expiring contract.
Second, he dealt Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in a three-team deal that resulted in Jose Calderon's expiring deal.
Both of these players are unlikely to return, but that is besides the point.
Those moves have cleared roughly $20 million from the Pistons' salary cap figure.
Now here is where things get tricky. Fans are going to want the Pistons to make a move for players like Josh Smith, O.J. Mayo or Monta Ellis.
This just isn't going to happen and with good reason. Those players are going to command a king's ransom. This isn't an overly great free-agent class and those players are going to get rewarded for it.
But the Pistons learned their lesson from a few years ago when they last had this much cap space. They swung and badly missed on Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.
This summer, they would be wise to set their aim lower and grab one or two strong players that could fit in their system.
A player like Corey Brewer would be a great option. He is athletic and plays fantastic defense on the wings.
He also will be had for a lot less than what Ellis or Mayo will command.
The wisest move would be for the Pistons to add one or two reasonably priced free agents this summer and then concentrate on drafting another stud and saving their money for next year's much deeper free agent class.