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Meet the faces of overpaid mediocrity
Signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva in 2009. This almost got No. 1 just because I nearly vomited writing the sentence.
I will rationalize these signings by saying Dumars was under a lot of pressure to keep the team decent while they were shopping for a new owner. The economy turned horrible, and Detroit was desperate to keep the team in the playoffs, even as a lower seed.
This was a huge mistake for many reasons, the first being that the Pistons have a smart fan base who knew it was time to rebuild. We would have waited.
Secondly, I am not a business mogul, but I have to believe that a young team with potential and no huge salary obligations would be more attractive than a team full of underachieving, mediocre, young veterans who are all making $10 million a year.
I never thought we had a chance at any of the marquee free agents of the Summer of LeBron, but why not just sit on the cap space, bottom out, hope you get lucky in the draft, and start to rebuild with a young core of Stuckey, Monroe and Jerebko?
Oklahoma City has provided the model. Instead, the Pistons are now stuck with two one-dimensional bench players who can’t defend their positions. All for $90 million.
Whatever the new CBA is, it has to include something that protects owners and GMs from themselves, something that stops mediocre players from getting paid like superstars.
These two have both stunk and are now untradeable, which is why the Pistons are hovering in NBA purgatory, trapped in that awful area of fighting for the eighth playoff seed. Not a good place to be.