As always rumors are flying around the NBA nearing to the trade deadline and who is the biggest name in the market thus far? Amare Stoudemire.
At first there were rumors flying around about bringing Tracy McGrady to the Motor City with the Pistons possibly trading players such as Tayshaun Prince, Rip Hamilton, Dajuan Summers, Jason Maxiell and Kwame Brown. It seems as though no on in the NBA would want to take on Rip Hamilton's longer high paying contract so that kind of took him out of the mix.
This rumor started when the Pistons first visited Houston where McGrady played his first game after being injured this season. There had been talks around Houston about trading McGrady off to a team in the East and of course with Mcgrady's return against the Pistons everyone kind of assumed that Dumars was going to hop right on that.
It seems as though since Rips contract is much longer and a pretty high salary this rumor has calmed down a little bit.
As of recently the Pistons have gotten into talking about possibly bringing in Amare Stoudemire with a possible trade of Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiell and Kwame Brown.
But do you think Dumars will really pull the trigger on one of these trades? Now lets think about this.
The Pistons have faced MANY injuries this season. Tayshaun with a sprained back, Bynum with two sprained ankles, Gordon with a sprained ankle, and Villanueva with a broken nose and a sprained lower back.
With all the injuries the Pistons have lacked one VERY important thing and that is Chemistry.
I cannot tell you how many times the Pistons have changed their starting lineup due to injuries. Consisting of players such as Jerebko, Daye, Maxiell, Villanueva, Atkins, and Brown, John Kuester has tried all the possibilities in the starting lineup to make it through the injuries.
The Pistons seem to already be out of the playoff race so getting involved in all the trade talk seems like a good idea right? Well now it gets tricky for Dumars and Kuester.
The Pistons have only played a maximum of 5 games with a full roster without injuries, so there is your biggest reason why the Pistons are not playoff contenders this season. But ever since the media has been talking about trading off Jason Maxiell and Tayshaun Prince these two have done nothing but impress Dumars, Kuester, and all the fans in Detroit.
In the last 5 games Maxiell has been averaging just over 9 points and 7 rebounds per game. He lead the Pistons to a victory against a fast paced Milwaukee team with 14 points and 10 rebound along with topping the Nets the game before that with 13 points and 6 rebounds coming off the bench.
Tayshaun Prince has come from a no show to the Palace Prince MVP the last 5 games. Averaging 14 points per game putting up 23 against Sacramento, 18 against Milwaukee, 10 on Indiana, and 15 against the Nets, Prince has finally showed he is back to 100% and ready to play.
So as you can see with the MAJOR improvements of both Maxiell and Prince, trading off either of these players could be a huge mistake.
Here is a history lesson for you. The Spurs back in the 90's who averaged 50 wins dropped to a 20-62 record in the 1996-97 season then jumping back up to 57 wins the very next season.
Is this something the Pistons can do? Will Kuester and Dumars put enough trust in Tayshaun and Rip to work with and build more chemistry with the newest Pistons Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to possibly have a much better season next year?
If you look at the Pistons roster despite their record they are a threat to ANY team in the NBA. With great shooters such as Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey, Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva hitting the floor, the Pistons have the ability to score big once the chemistry is there.
Pressure is on Dumars to make a big decision. Trade off Prince and Maxiell and try to get into the non promising free agent market once again this off season, or have hopes the Pistons will make a major turn around next season with the newly acquired Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva and hope that he has a healthy team all season long.
Oh how it's been quite the stressful rookie season for Head Coach John Kuester!!