Detroit Lands Top Two Free Agents, Looks for Coach and Trade Options

David McClureCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

CHICAGO - MARCH 06:  Charlie Villanueva #31 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after he didn't get a call on an offensive play which he thought he was fouled on in the first quarter as Ben Gordon #7 of the Chicago Bulls looks on at the United Center on March 6, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Reports are out that both Villenueva and Gordon will sign with the Pistons. Gordon’s deal is reportedly a five-year, $55 million contract, while Villenueva will receive a five-year, $35 million contract.
This is more than I had hoped they would spend on the two. I was thinking something along the lines of six years and $54 million for Gordon and six years $39 million for Villenueva. This would have left them a few million dollars to work with. Money that could be used to sign a role player or as part of a trade to bring another front court player.

The Pistons will be very good this season whether they make another move or not. They won’t be top three in the Eastern Conference though. Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando are still likely to be the top three.

Orlando could fall of with the loss of Hedo Turkoglu and Martin Gortat. The addition of Vince Carter may help, but I think Orlando has gotten slightly worse, not better.

Boston may make moves this offseason that take them down a notch as well. The addition of Rasheed Wallace is a real possibility. I believe that would really change the team chemistry and they will be less productive because of it.

Stephan Marbury and Wallace on the same team could make for a volatile situation. The leadership of Kevin Garnett will be crucial. They may also lose Glenn Davis.

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