Da-Met wrote:Dumars has made some really awful moves the past few years, but I do feel he usually does a decent job of cleaning up his own messes. He basically steered Detroit into a 2-3 year purgatory, but now they have a really good future with Monroe/Knight/Drummond.
Can Pistons fans now agree that Dumars can't make magic strike twice?
They need a guy who will get ride of guys like Prince,Maxiell,Stucky and Villenueva tommorrow.
This team wasn't built to win this year. The goal was to clear capspace and develop young players. When you do that, 1-9 happens. Young teams don't win many games, generally.
The only problem I have is they aren't playing Drummond enough, but its still only 10 games. He's got 72 left to play more min.
Despite what it may look like, Joe has actually put them in a good position, with young talent, and potentially ~30 mil in capspace this summer. Thats all you can really ask for out of a rebuild.
Maxiell, Bynum, Daye, and Maggette are all exp contracts totaling ~20 mil in space. Rip's 5 mil comes off the books too. If they need more capspace, Joe still has his amnesty, so he can use it on CV for another 8 mil, if nec. And next year is Stuckey's final year of his contract, which is only partially guaranteed for 4 mil. So there's probably a good chance Joe will get rid of Maxiell, Bynum, Daye, Maggette, CV, and Stuckey all this summer.
Then be left with Monroe, Drummond, and Knight all on rookie deals with $30 mil in space to build around them. Plus some nice complimentary pieces in Singler and English. I really like what Joe has done given what he's had to work with, with the 2 yr ownership change that banned him for trades or signing FA. I'm not sure what more coud be asked of him. He's stocked us with 3 top young talents and $30 mil in capspace.
What he needs now is to find a good coach. ppl blame him for Curry, Kuester, and Frank, however, he was only allowed to spend like $1 mil/yr on coach's during the Curry/Kuester hires. I don't know who else he could've gotten better for only $1 mil/yr. He went after Avery and Collins, but ownership wouldn't pay them what they wanted. And the rumor is that Frank was Gores' choice, not Joe.
When Joe's been able to spend on coach's he got Brown/Flip who led them to 5 straight ECF. I think SVG would be the perfect fit for this team. ppl rag on him, but he developed Dwight into the best Center in the league, and took the worst team in the league to the Finals in 5 yrs. I could see him doing the same with Monroe and Drummond.