Joe Dumars, the GM of the Detroit Pistons, will need to pursue the possibility of landing unrestricted free agent Carlos Boozer this summer should he want to keep his job next year.
Dumars, the NBA Executive of the Year in 2003, has been doing a great job in Detroit—despite a few questionable decisions.
In the hugely-stacked 2003 NBA Draft, Joe drafted Darko Millicic with the second overall pick ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, reasoning Darko would be a better fit for the team despite his lesser talent.
At the beginning of this year, Dumars replaced Flip Saunders with the unproven Michael Curry as head coach. It was thought of as a way to bring a new, positive approach to the team after three consecutive losses in the Eastern Conference Finals during 2005-2008.
Soon afterwards, Dumars traded Chauncy Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson’s expiring contract as a way to give the Pistons financial flexibility.
Are you sure that’s a good idea, Joe?
As a result of the above, the Pistons are swept in four games by LeBron James and the Cavs, ending one of the more disappointing seasons in recent memory.
With the Pistons in semi-rebuilding mode, Detroit needs to pick up a quality free agent right now. LeBron is not going to come to Detroit to play for a losing team in 2010. He may not even leave Cleveland at all for that matter, the way they are playing.
Unrestricted free agents this year will include the likes of Ron Artest, Jason Kidd and Carlos Boozer.
Should the Pistons wait one more year for LeBron, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, or Amare Stoudemire when they are available?
At this point, the Pistons needs to chase after Carlos Boozer, who is able to give them 16 and 10 when he is healthy, while adding a true point guard like Jason Kidd to catapult the Pistons right back to elite status in the East.
With a projected reduced salary cap for next year and the state of the current economy where other NBA teams are on tighter budgets, it is possible to land Boozer at a discounted price.
For Detroit, another first-round sweep in the NBA Playoffs next year might be too much for the fans to endure—as well as for the safety of Dumars' job status.