In each of the articles that I have written about the Detroit Pistons, I try to differentiate the various courses that Joe Dumars can take in rebuilding this franchise.
I have devised different plans that include bringing in true point guards, scoring machines, three-point specialists, and other superstar talents, as well as rebuilding through the draft and developing younger talent.
This article will be no different.
I believe there are other solutions in free agency that make Tayshaun Prince expendable. Personally, I don't know how much better Tayshaun can get. He's made it clear that he does not want to be the go-to guy and is more of a complement in a balanced lineup.
The Pistons can match or beat any offer that the Lakers will make, but Ariza won't demand the amount of money that other big name free agents may.
By bringing in Ariza, it would mean that Prince's days in Detroit are numbered. With Prince, I would target players like Amare Stoudamire, Chris Bosh, and David West.
Yet, the Hornets have made it known that West is most likely not leaving and the Pistons could probably do better than West with what they have to offer. The Raptors aren't sure that Bosh is going to stick around after next year and if they could agree to some sort of sign-and-trade, they would probably entertain offers.
The Pistons could offer a package of Prince, Amir Johnson, the 15th pick, and if need be, one of their three second-round picks in the upcoming draft for Bosh.
The Raptors would definitely look into a deal like this as would the Suns if a similar deal were offered for Stoudamire. Although, Stoudamire is definitely more inclined to stay in Phoenix than Bosh is to remain in Toronto.
With those two moves, the Pistons would have Rodney Stuckey, Rip Hamilton, Ariza, and Bosh. They would then only lack a true center in the starting lineup.
While there are only a few limited options in free agency, there are a couple guys who could do the job at a reasonable price.
Zaza Pachulia and Mehmet Okur are two guys who could fill the void quite nicely. Okur would spread the floor and leave Bosh to control the paint while Pachulia could do just about anything. Obviously, Pachulia would be less expensive than Okur, but if you want to be good, you've got to spend.
I still like the idea of bringing in Tyson Chandler at the right price. The Pistons could take advantage of the Hornets' financial situation, though if Peja Stojakovic were to retire, they'd be more inclined to keep Chandler.
Nevertheless, there are many options that the Pistons can explore and this was just another one of those options.