The New Era of Pistons Basketball?

SBContributor IJuly 3, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 26:  Chauncey Billups #1 of the Detroit Pistons jogs into the court before Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Palace at Auburn Hills on May 26, 2008 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Pistons won 94-75.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Shall we call Joe Dumars a genius for sabotaging what was working just fine and led them to six straight Conference Finals? I think not.

Many were surprised that Flip Sanders was fired a year ago, but many weren't, Dumars has gone through coaches like pudding (six different coaches in 10 years, and that's not counting the recent firing of Curry), and still the likelihood of trading and signing more is there.

Detroit started this season with a questionable trade of Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, while almost everyone knew AI didn't fit in the Detroit System, and that led to Iverson having a career low in almost every statistical category. But most figured it would be his expiring contract that played mostly into this deal.

Curry then got Rip's feather ruffled when he was pushed to the bench for favored Allen Iverson, yet another mistake.

Now that the season is over, and there streak of six consecutive Conference Finals ended, the Pistons went into a offseason of rebuilding to many.

The NBA Draft also led me to question whether or not Dumars was smart. He drafted Austin Daye at 15th overall passing DeJuan Blair and James Johnson, who both were better fits for Detroit, especially accounting Tayshaun Prince playing Daye's position, even though Tayshaun could play the four. They had yet another chance to redeem themselves by again having the chance to draft Blair, and yet again let that slip by, drafting another SF in there next two picks. This led me to the conclusion that Tayshaun will not likely be with the team after this season.

Trade possibilities for Tayshaun Prince:

1. New Orleans Hornets- The Pistons could send Prince for Chandler and some cash considerations, which to me is well worth it, not that you have a expendable piece.

2. Phoenix Suns- Amare is apparently on the block, and why not take a crack at it?

3. Chicago Bulls- They could send a package of Tyrus Thomas and potentially Kirk Hinrich, but that's a more "iffy" type of trade.

4. Washington Wizards- Antawn Jamison?

Now that the NBA Draft is over, the Pistons led me to question even more with the signing of Ben Gordon; does this mean Rip Hamilton's tenure in Detroit is also over? Could this be a complete rebuild for Dumars? Hamilton and Prince could both be soon out of town, and that would leave no one from their 2004 Championship team.

The Pistons are in major trouble to even keep up with the Magic and Cavaliers who both have a superstar and stud, Superman and newly-acquired Carter, and LeBron and Shaq. Meanwhile, the Pistons get my point.

With Rip and Prince on the block, i would make a hard push for Amare or even trade for a position of need like four or five.

Possible Players to trade for:

1. Amare Stoudemire

2. Carlos Boozer (sign and trade)

3. Marc Gasol

4. Chris Kaman

5. Chris Bosh

Just to name a few.

Until more unfolds in the Motor City, I just don't anticipate much from them since they literally have a plethora in the backcourt, but nothing in the frontcourt beyond Charlie Villanueva. Time will tell for the Pistons, but they just are making some mind-boggling moves right now, and even worse, they have no head coach, even though rumored candidates are being interviewed now.