Yes, in my first article, I basically gave the feeling that Joe Dumars was not the brightest bulb in the box with this year's recent moves and firings.
But after some thought, Dumars IS a genius for alot of the moves he had done, just a overall redo of thought in my eyes. Dumars has been quoted for many things but this is the most memorable one I can think of late:
“It's always cool to be a part of anything that hasn't happened before.”
- Joe Dumars (After the the 6th Conference finals appearance interview)
Well, that quote can also mean another thing for the Pistons, a complete change of direction and trading/releasing of every former 2004 Championship team player.
The 2008 Season began with a bang after Dumars traded for Allen Iverson, which to me looks like a brilliant move as for he helped clear a ton of cap space on a aging (but still pretty good) PG in Chauncey Billups.
Most people like me questioned the move because, Allen Iverson wasn't the same mold as Chauncey, and many questioned if he would stay after this season(which I personally believed wasn't going to happen) and whether or not future All-Star Rodney Stuckey was ready to get the keys.
Then as the year went on, former coach Michael Curry went on to bench a fan-favorite Richard "Rip" Hamilton in favor of Allen Iverson. I was personally shocked that he would do that, becuase Stuckey clearly wasn't 100 percent ready to be the full-time PG, and pushing Rip to sixth man just wasn't something many people liked, a few weeks later (and a ton of losses too) Curry realized his mistake and gave Rip back his starting position.
Although Rip never really lost any minutes, he sure did lose a ton of respect for his former head coach.
And then the season abruptly came to a end with the a Sweep in the first round by the Cavaliers.
Then in the off season many had speculation that the team WASN'T going to resign Rasheed Wallace, Allen Iverson or Antonio McDyess. Even though the team would consider if they had no other options, and the players would sign low-ball.
And that thought was pushed to the side when the NBA Draft was getting closer and closer by the day, many fans figured a player like DeJuan Blair or James Johnson would be drafted to play the four or five for the Pistons, which personally I would take Blair since he fits more the tough-nosed grind type of player that I thought would be best for the Organization's future.
But then came draft day, and with the 15th pick in the draft the Pistons selected SF Austin Daye from Gonzaga. I was utterly shocked with this move, considering that we Tayshaun Prince who is still VERY young and is a probably the best player on the Pistons Roster.
Sure Daye can play the four but why pass up on Blair or Johnson. Then came the second round, Blair was still on the board yet the Pistons selected another SF in Summers. which to me signaled the end of time for Tayshaun and the Pistons.
Then came the time of Free Agency, with the top player on the Pistons wish-list being Ben Gordon. They also had there eyes on hot-FA Charlie Villanueva from Milwaukee. Both we're signed and there wish-list completed.
But they OVERSPENT on players and can only now sign bare-minimum type of players. But the Gordon signing could have signaled another end of the road for a Pistons Player Rip Hamilton.
Now that Chauncey is in Denver, Big Ben was cut-loose a few years back, Rasheed Wallace is likely to sign elsewhere, the only two starters left from the Pistons Championship team is Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, but they now have likely successors in Austin Daye and FA Addition Ben Gordon to take over there starting slots.
That leads to the Trade Possibilities for those two, which many Teams could be listed but the favorites to land each are below:
1. Tayshaun Prince to the Portland Trailblazers or Utah Jazz
They have a Dire-Need for a SF and the recent spurning of Hedo Turkoglu, has led to some trade rumors for Tayshaun Prince. The Pistons could ask for Channing Frye and Joel Przybilla, which could be a good deal for the Pistons having a major hole to fill with both Dice and Sheed gone.
As for the Utah Jazz, the team could send expiring contract of Carlos Boozer to Detroit in a straight swap of players.
This would likely be for only Tyson Chandler and some Cash or Picks, but well worth it considering Tyson's expiring Contract. and again for the Clippers they would get Rip while the Pistons get the expiring contract of Chris Kaman and Brian Skinner and potentially cash or picks.
Both Moves would lead me to call Dumars the Einstein of the Basketball.
This leads me to the last move that Dumars is likely to make hiring a new Head Coach, which the current leader is ESPN Analyst and former Dallas Mavericks Head Coach, Avery Johnson. Which would be a good move on helping the Pistons solidify there lacking defense.
So If the Pistons are able to get a Deal with Portland and New Orleans (which both I think would be best for the team) the Starting Rotation would look as so:
PG- Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum
SG- Ben Gordon, Aaron Afflalo
SF- Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers, Walter Hermann
PF- Charlie Villanueva, Jason Maxiell, Channing Frye
C- Tyson Chandler, Joel Przybilla, Kwame Brown/Channing Frye
Now say the Pistons land with Utah and Clippers the roster of course would just have a swap of names, and those are just SOME of the possibilities trade wise.
Let's get to the next thing the Pistons need to do, Hire a Head Coach!
The list has been narrowed down to about five candidates but the current leader is Avery Johnson, a ESPN Analyst and former Dallas Mavericks Head Coach, which would for me best the best fit, because in three years Dumars will get to fire him, after his players get tired of him, but he also installs a new learning system for there defense and probably increases the likely-hood of beating the Magic, Celts, and Cavs that much more.
Overall, Dumars, I take it back, you ARE a Genius.
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