Detroit Pistons Offseason To-Do List: Version Eight
I've said from the beginning that I didn't think Carlos Boozer was the right guy for the Detroit Pistons to go after in free agency. He's got a pretty big ego, and his loyalty is nonexistent, so signing this guy to be your star isn't necessarily the smartest move.
With that said, Boozer is an extremely talented player, and if he can stay healthy, he can win you games. The New York Post is reporting that some of the Jazz forward's closest confidants believe he'll be in either Detroit or New Jersey next year. So with a deal seeming very probable, I'm going to revolve this article around him.
Boozer would be a nice addition to the frontcourt in the absence of Rasheed Wallace, and such an acquisition would also take the scoring load off of Richard Hamilton. Also, if the Pistons are going to bring in Boozer, there's no need to look for a post player in the draft, and that'll open up new doors.
For example: some mock drafts are predicting Earl Clark to fall to the Pistons, which would make for an excellent choice for the team.
Bringing in Clark would mean that Tayshaun Prince is out, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Prince still has a lot of value in this league, and if the Pistons were going to look to trade for another starter instead of some sort of package, there are a couple possibilities that the Pistons could explore, but one that sticks out above the rest.
I've always been a Chris Kaman fan. He's one of the top centers in the NBA, and as long as he's healthy, he's a great asset for any team.
If the Pistons were to trade Prince for Kaman and Ricky Davis (assuming that he opts to return to the League), they would now have one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference again.
A lineup of Rodney Stuckey, Richard Hamilton, Earl Clark, Carlos Boozer, and Chris Kaman would be a team that would compete for years to come.
Yet, there is some news that would please those who may not favor the decision to sign Boozer. The Raptors are acknowlodging the fact that they could lose Boozer in to free agency after the 2009-2010 season.
There is a possibility that if the Pistons were able to sign Boozer this summer, that they would move him in a deal to Toronto for Chris Bosh. Most, if not all, would favor Bosh over Boozer in the Pistons' system, which would be the highlight of the rebuilding program that Joe D is going to proceed with.
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