NBA Free Agency Gets Off to Fast Start

Joshua LobdellCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 30: Ben Gordon #7 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after looking at the replay screen after fouling out against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 128-127 in triple-overtime. 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)

Since Tuesday at 12:01 AM EST the faces of many NBA-Examiner" target="_blank">NBA teams have been changed, and, in at least one case, the very foundation of the team has undergone a free agent upgrade. To be sure, the 2009 NBA free agent season has gotten off to a very fast start.

Of course the biggest news is the Detroit-Pistons-Examiner" target="_blank">Detroit Pistons who went out and signed guard Ben Gordon from Chicago for five years and up to $58 million, and power forward Charlie Villanueva for Milwaukee for five years and a reported $37 million. Both deal as reported by

This is significant since these are not the kind of players the Pistons have generally sought out before. This was a team constructed around a philosophy of defense first. Since neither one of these players could ever be confused with a strong defender we seem to have a change of philosophy for the Pistons.

It appears that they are going to build a team around a up tempo full court attack, that is 180 degrees from the half-court, defense first style that has one them three world titles.

Of course the Pistons still do not have a coach, a starting center, or a true point guard so further dealing may be in the works.

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