In previous versions of my Pistons' offseason plan predictions, I have discussed numerous paths that the team could take to rebuild the organization to what it was during those six consecutive conference finals appearances.
However, in this version, I explore another path that the team could explore during free agency. The player that I would target in free agency is one that has helped his team to a game seven against the Celtics. His name is Hedo Turkoglu.
Now, this plan will only work if Turkoglu opts out of the final year of his contract, which he is expected to do. And yet, he's not going to get you 20 points and 10 rebounds a night, but he will provide you with a three point threat to complement the other players in the starting lineup who aren't going to consistently nail those shots.
But, for the money that you're going to pay for Turkoglu, I would guess between $10 and $12 million, he will give you more defense than Ben Gordon, along with very similar offensive numbers.
If Dumars did bring in Turkoglu, it would mean that either Richard Hamilton's or Tayshaun Prince's days in Detroit are numbered. It would be interesting to see what Dumars would do though.
While Turkoglu is a forward, he and Hamilton are both known for their offensive games. Trading Prince would put a huge damper on the teams' defense.
Yet, like I said before, both Turkoglu and Prince are forwards. You wouldn't have that scorer that can come off screens and hit the mid-range jump shot. Yet, you could avoid this problem by just making Turkoglu your power forward. With this move, you would have one of the poorer rebounding teams in the league.
However, if a team like Orlando can do it, with Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu, and rely on the bulk of rebounds to be snagged up by their center, it seems as the Pistons could do something similar to that model.
Now, there's not a Dwight Howard that they can go out and get, but there are some serviceable centers that could be had.
Tyson Chandler would be my first choice, based on his defensive and rebounding abilities.
Stuckey, Hamilton, Prince, Turkoglu and Chandler would be a balanced lineup and about 75 percent of the cap room that the team has accumulated would be used up.
With a bench of Maxiell, Afflalo, Bynum, and potentially Ty Lawson or DeJuan Blair or Tyreke Evans, the Pistons would definitely be competing with the best in the Eastern Conference.