As the second round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs progress, numerous teams who have fallen out of championship contention are beginning to lay the groundwork for their summer plans.
There are free agents who have said that they will opt out of their current contracts to earn a larger payday, while some will remain loyal and finish out their already large contracts.
As for the Detroit Pistons, there have been few, if any, clues given as to their summer targets. President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars has made it clear that he will use any resource available to improve the team, which includes current players on the roster.
In my previous write-up, I believed that the Pistons could lure the Hornets into trading both David West and Tyson Chandler. However, even though the Hornets are in the worst financial shape of any team in the league, team executives have made it known that West will more than likely not be traded.
Yet Tyson Chandler is still one player that could be traded to gain some breathing room.
Gordon said that he would return to the Bulls if the world was perfect. Here's some breaking news for you, Ben: The world's not perfect.
The Pistons could use another scorer in their lineup. If they do plan on making Stuckey their point guard of the future, Gordon would be a very nice complement to have.
Nevertheless, if the Pistons did make the move to sign Gordon, it would put Richard Hamilton's future in Detroit in extreme jeopardy. Hamilton and Gordon are similar players, and for what Gordon's going to demand this summer, the Pistons don't need a $12 million sixth man.
So, what would the Pistons do with Richard Hamilton?
There are a few players that come to mind when looking at potential trades including Hamilton. In terms of salary, Andrew Bogut, Chris Kaman, Andris Biedrins, and Boris Diaw are all players that could fill a void for the Pistons.
Whether their respective teams are even looking to trade them or if they even have interest in Hamilton is another story. Yet, each of these players could come into Detroit and be a nice complement to their starting lineup.
However, there is one player that is not mentioned that I think would fly above the rest. If the Pistons had a lineup of Stuckey, Gordon, and Prince, this player would be a perfect fit at power forward. His name is Antawn Jamison, a member of the Washington Wizards.
After losing Gilbert Arenas for the year's entirety, the Wizards finished tied for the second-worst record in the NBA. The Wizards have a very good shot at landing the number one pick in the draft, which will be Blake Griffin.
If the Wizards were to trade Jamison, who is fresh off ankle surgery, for Hamilton, they would have a lineup of Arenas, Hamilton, Caron Butler and potentially Blake Griffin; one that would compete for home advantage in next year's playoffs.
Those who believe that Jamison possesses a health risk should be informed that he played in 81 of the 82 games last year and underwent surgery after the season ended. Hamilton, who had his own repertoire of injuries, played in only 67 games.
The Pistons would put the icing on the cake if they were able to snap up Tyson Chandler from the Hornets for Kwame Brown and a second round pick in the upcoming draft.
A lineup of Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, Tayshaun Prince, Antawn Jamison, and Tyson Chandler would be one to be reckoned with.
Anything is possible in the NBA, but yet again, maybe it's just too good to be true.