It's time Detroit.
It's time for Joe Dumars to go to work.
Just as the Spurs find themselves today, the Pistons once were.
Detroit had a great run and was assembled by the same GM that remains in charge today.
Unfortunately, Joe reacted too early in attempting to reload this franchise and made a pretzel instead of another steak.
With ownership issues, bad contracts, and players that don't fit the system, Dumars finds himself looking to make some moves.
Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton seem to be the most viable trade candidates. Little money for the free agency market has Joe concocting a plan that starts with the draft.
In Prince, the Pistons have an expiring contract to tangle, yet a player who could still fit.
In Hamilton, Detroit finds a savvy veteran who no longer fits with what Detroit wants to do. Oh, and he also has an undesirable contract to any team looking to trade.
The Pistons have a few options here and don't be surprised to see any of them.
First, they could trade up in the draft. Packaging a player or two, they could possibly grab Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins with a top-five pick.
They could also choose to trade down.
After Favors and Cousins, the talent level of the big men drop tremendously. Every big man in the draft is a mediocre talent with a mid-level ceiling. Nothing worth drooling over. The Pistons won't force themselves to make a pick and would be more than willing to move back.
The third option: trade for a player.
Detroit does not have many options for improving the team unless they are able to make some deals. The draft is the first place to start. Players like David West, Hedo Turkoglu, or Jose Calderon can all be had.
Even Elton Brand, a big man with a bad contract in a position Detroit needs, is available. A Rip Hamilton/seventh-pick for Elton Brand/second-pick may seem crazy, but both teams may find themselves in desperate situations.
One more name Detroit may be willing to let go of: Rodney Stuckey.
Joe Dumars glows about him, but he also recognizes that Stuckey is no point guard. The right offer and combination of draft picks could see Stuckey waving goodbye and Detroit finding a PG for the future.