After a disappointing season and armed with a tons of cap space and draft picks, the Detroit Pistons will be the most entertaining team to watch this off-season.
The one good thing to come out of the Allen Iverson/Chauncey Billups trade debacle is that Iversons' huge salary comes off the books. Rasheed Wallace is also a free agent, which will give the Pistons more than $20 million in cap room if they choose to let both walk, which they are certain to do.
Detroit also has the 15th pick in the upcoming draft as well as three picks in round two.
Here are the five key questions that will be surrounding the Pistons heading into the summer…
1. Should GM Joe Dumars spend all of his cap space this summer or wait until 2010 when the likes of LeBron James, Dywayne Wade, Amare Stoudamire, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Bosh are free agents?
Maybe. This year’s free agent crop isn’t nearly as good as next year’s but the Pistons can go out and get a Carlos Boozer and Ben Gordon if they so choose. If not, they can take advantage of a team like the Toronto Raptors which will look to trade Bosh when they realize he won't resign after the 2009-10 season.
2. Is it finally time to get rid of Tayshaun Prince or Rip Hamilton?
Yes. Prince has hit his ceiling and even though he's still in his prime, he really regressed this season, especially offensively. Dumars should get something for him while he can. Hamilton is one of the best scorers in franchise history but it showed that without a PG that is familiar with Hamilton's game (Billups), he tends to struggle.
3. Is Michael Curry the answer at head coach?
No, but he will get another shot this season. Curry struggled big time in his rookie season. His rotation was always inconsistent and he didn't seem to have the respect of the veterans on the team.
4. Should they resign free agents Rasheed Wallace, Antonio McDyess, or Allen Iverson?
Yes and no. Wallace and Iverson are as good as gone and both seemed to check out last winter, which is unfortunate since they were the two most talented players on the team. Neither cared about the team and it showed throughout the season. McDyess gave it his all and was probably the best Piston down the stretch and deserves to finally win a title. Detroit wants him back but he will only consider coming back if the roster sees a big improvement.
5. Is Rodney Stuckey the answer at point guard?
Too soon to tell. Deemed as Detroit’s only untouchable player by Dumars, Stuckey had his highs and lows in his second full season in the league. Stuckey remains the Pistons best slasher and has the size at 6-5 to take advantage of smaller point guards, but his outside shooting needs to remain consistent if Stuckey is ever to become the All-Star Dumars views him as.
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