The Detroit Pistons hit a rough patch in 2008-09. Now, Joe Dumars has the task of rebuilding the team to a championship level for the second time in his executive career.
Of course I won't be the one making the decisions but maybe, just maybe Mr. Dumars reads Bleacher Report. If so, I would like to give him a few suggestions.
Stop me if you've heard this before............
I know this is a pretty common suggestion for how the Pistons should rebuild their franchise. But Bosh is the best chance the Pistons have of landing one of the top 2010 free agents.
Let's face it, LeBron isn't leaving Cleveland to come to Detroit. If "King James" is going to leave the Cavs, it's going to be for a major market like New York or L.A. His ego is too big to go to another mid market team.
I think that Dwyane Wade is happy in South Beach. Plus with the reckless abandon that he plays with, his body may not hold up much longer.
The Raptors can't feel good about their chances of resigning Bosh in 2010, so they may be looking to get something for him before he jumps ship. The Pistons could offer a combination of Prince, Amir Johnson, and the No.15 pick in the upcoming draft.
Shawn Marion is also a free agent and Prince could step right in and fill his role. He would also bring some veteran/championship leadership to a young team.
By trading Bosh, the Raptors could move Bargnani to PF which is a more natural position for him, and have Amir to back him up.
They would also have their pick, potentially a top 10 and the No. 15 pick to build the rest of their team. This is a win/win scenario for both teams.
Artest is an unrestricted free agent.
Everyone knows the history between Artest and the Pistons, but I think that Detroit fan's can forgive, and forget if he can. Artest is a headcase, but so was Rasheed Wallace when Dumars signed him in 2004, and that worked out ok.
He might be a little nuts, but he makes his teams better. Just look at the Rockets, they haven't been able to make it out of the first round with McGrady. Replace him with Artest and they took out a young but very talented Portland team.
He is an all around player that has brought defense and toughness to every team that he has played for, and the Pistons were lacking in both of those departments last season. He's really not that expensive either.
Artest made $7.4 million last year, Kevin Garnett is the highest paid player at 24.7 million. Artest would fill the void left by the departure of Prince.
The Hornets were looking to unload Chandler earlier this season for basically nothing (Chris Wilcox), so the asking price might not be too high. The Pistons could offer their first round pick next year for him.
Chandler would give the Pistons a seven foot center with double digit rebounding capabilities. He's not the best shot blocker (1.4/game career avg.) but put him with Bosh and it's a pretty formidable interior defense.
Okur has an early termination option, so if he feels he can get a better deal than his current 8.5 million a year he can opt out.
The last time Okur wore a Pistons uniform, they brought home a championship; he might be able help do it again. Okur isn't the rebounder that Chandler is, but he is a much better scorer.
He tends to camp out at the three point line, so it might be like Rasheed never left. Hopefully he's a Rasheed that shows up for the games (mentally), not the Rasheed that they had this year.
Bosh currently makes 14.4 mil, and Chandler makes 11.3 mil.
The Pistons will be dumping 20.8 mil with Iverson's contract, 13.9 mil with Sheed's contract, and they would be sending Toronto 13.1 mil with Prince, and Johnson's contracts.
So they will be bringing in 25.7 mil with Bosh and Chandler, and getting rid of 47.8 mil. So they will still have 22.1 mil left over. Artest makes 7.4 mil right now, but will probably want around 10 mil ( I'm not Artest or his agent, so I have no idea what he'll want. I'm just guessing he'll want more than he makes now).
That leaves about 12 mil to renegotiate with Bosh and Chandler when they become free agent's.
I'm not a mathematician but the numbers seem to work.
After these moves the Pistons lineup would be:
PG- Stuckey PG- Bynum
SG- Hamilton SG- Afflalo
SF- Artest SF- Hamilton/Affllalo
PF- Bosh PF- Maxiell
C- Chandler/Okur C- Brown
In my opinion this gives the Pistons best starting lineup in the league, and puts them right back into title contention without having to wait for the 2010 free agents class.
The bench is a little suspect but Bynum was solid coming off the bench last year (sometimes outplaying Stucky), and Afflalo is a solid defender.
There is no true backup SF, but Hamilton and Artest are interchangable, so that helps out. Maxiell is instant energy, and Brown is a serviceable backup center. The Pistons are still developing Walter Sharpe, and have three second-round picks this year to add some depth.
Mr. Dumars, I hope you're reading this.