Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding the "LeBron-athon" or "Wade-aid" or whatever this summer's free agent bonanza is being referred to as, the Detroit Pistons have remained exactly where they wanted to be—in the shadows.
Lacking major cap space or expendable pieces, the Pistons are quietly biding their time, like a lioness waiting to pick off a weaker piece of the gazelle herd.
Team president Joe Dumars is far from finished addressing his roster, and he knows that his job may very well be riding on how well he does this summer.
The key for Dumars and the Pistons is to allow the market to settle itself, and then focus on teams that need to appease their fanbases.
Not all teams will be able to sign a big name free agent, and with every passing day and burgeoning source claiming yet another player will remain with his team, the pressure mounts.
So if the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks all strike out, the idea is that they will be prime meat for Dumars to pluck.
Sure those teams may have struck out on the King, but wouldn't Tayshaun Prince or Rip Hamilton be a solid (if underwhelming) consolation prize?
So, Dumars will wait and try to pick off some pieces that will help build his team. And while a major addition like Chris Paul or Carlos Boozer will likely not be an option, there are plenty of players that could help turn Detroit back into a playoff team.
Here is a list of some of those reasonable choices.