Detroit Pistons: Does Joe Dumars Really Have a Plan?

Jay WierengaCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2011

AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 04: President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars of the Detroit Pistons introduces Allen Iverson #1 at press conference after being traded from the Denver Nuggets on November 4, 2008 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The opening of free agency in the NBA has been a whirlwind experience.

From the Chris Paul trade to the myriad of rumors swirling around the league, it has been an exciting time to be a fan and sports writer.

One team noticeably absent from the bulk of the rumors and moves has been the Detroit Pistons.

Sure, there have been a handful of ideas floated by everyone that covers this team, myself included, but there has been very little tangible information letting us know just what the heck is going on in the mind of team president Joe Dumars.

What we do know is this: the only names that have been connected to this team have been guards.

According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pistons were interested in guard Reggie Williams before he ultimately signed with Charlotte.

We also know that ESPN reports the Pistons offered a multi-year deal to Rodney Stuckey which he apparently rejected.

But that's about it.

So what exactly is Dumars thinking?

Look at the current roster. They have five guys that are 6'10' or taller, but two of them are pretty much small forwards that offer nothing in the way of physicality or rebounding. I'm looking at you Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva.

We all know how good Greg Monroe is going to be, but who else do we have up front?

Jonas Jerebko is coming off a major injury. Vernon Macklin is a second-round rookie. Ben Wallace has an AARP card. Jason Maxiell is undersized at best.

And that's it.

Seriously, those are the big men on this team.

We were told that Dumars couldn't make moves last year because of the ownership situation. Fine.

But if you want us to stomach that situation, you have to improve the roster once you get those shackles removed.

Now, the Pistons are not barren of talent. In fact, they have a number of young, smaller players that should make good contributions this year. They also have in Tayshaun Prince a veteran that could have a very good season and two guys in Ben Gordon and Villanueva that should be eager to prove they're not busts.

But this is not a complete roster, not by a ton. They need at least two more big guys just to be able to avoid getting hammered on a daily basis.

What's so maddening from a fan's perspective is how out of touch Dumars seems to be with the current situation.

Williams is a doughy, inconsistent player that pretty much can only score. He's a terrible defender and not a solid athlete. The Pistons already have good scorers that don't play defense.

Then there's Stuckey. The Pistons dodged a bullet when he rejected their ridiculous offer. What exactly has Stuckey done in his tenure with Detroit? He has whined, he has made bad decisions with the ball and he has not shown considerable improvement.

We were promised a poor man's D. Wade. Instead, we have gotten a broke man's J.R. Rider.

What makes matters worse is the fact that Stuckey doesn't seem to care about getting better. He already thinks he's better than he is.

By offering a big deal to Stuckey only shows how tone deaf Dumars has become to the plight of the Pistons nation.

Pistons fans want eager, hard-working players that play defense and team basketball. We crave big men who can bang with the best of them in the paint and perimeter players that deny the paint to opposing guards.

Obviously, there are not a ton of free-agent big men out there. But the ones that are out there haven't been even remotely linked to Detroit.

The bigger issue is why Detroit hasn't been in trade talks. There are a ton of players out there that could be available—and not just All-Stars.

Now, perhaps I am jumping the gun. There still is a little over a week before the season starts.

Perhaps, he's waiting for Stuckey to sign his qualifying offer of $3.8 million for this season, allowing Dumars to make a run at a free-agent big like Samuel Dalembert or Kris Humphries and swing a trade for someone like Al Jefferson or Chris Kaman.

That's always a possibility.

But no longer is it a sure thing that Dumars will get the players that will help this team win. His recent track record makes it foolish to have blind faith in the man.