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Pistons looking at adding low-quality big man to roster of low-quality big men

Sep 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

As the Pistons get ready for training camp in a year they hope will be considerably better than 2009-2010, reports that they’re looking at adding a big man for camp.

“We’ve talked about maybe adding one person to training camp and we’re
discussing that and we’re going to make a decision by the end of this
week,” he said, “by (Friday), actually.”

Oh, so one of those reasonable value contracts for players that due to talent or age are probably going to have a hard time making an impact, right? You mean unlike Ben Wallace, Charlie Villanueva, Chris Wilcox, DeJuan Summers, and Jason Maxiell? Just kidding, Ben Wallace played pretty well last year and Maxiell still has upside. Greg Monroe looked terrific at summer league. And hey, for the money they’re paying Charlie Villanueva, he’s got to be pretty good, right? Right? Guys?

Expect a veteran guy to join the Pistons, though Dumars hasn’t shown himself intractably against signing D-League fringe players with upside, which might be the best option, particularly if they don’t intend to hang on to him past training camp.

Another thing. Dumars dropped the following soundbite about Tracy McGrady:

“If we have any percentage that’s close to a healthy Tracy McGrady, we’ve added an impact player,” Dumars said. “There is a certain mystery to how this is going to unfold. We’re hoping for the best. What we’ve seen so far has been excellent.”

So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice. In actuality, the interview did paint a picture of what you want to see if you’re a Detroit fan. Dumars wants competition for floor time, competitiveness, and a swift move away from the performance they had last season. It’s good to see Dumars not being willing to stand for 27 wins, injuries or not.

  1. evenhanded - Sep 19, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Joe D., do your fans a favor, PLEASE. Offer New Orleans Villanueva, Tayshaun Prince, and Rodney Stuckey along with whichever number one comes first between the two teams, they get. In return you get Chris Paul (who wants out) and Omeka Okefor (who they want to move). Then you have a real competitive team. At the point you have C.P. (Will Bynum behind him), at shooting guard Rip Hamilton (Ben Gordon behind him), power forward Greg Monroe (Jonas Jerebko and Jason Maxiell behind him), small forward Tracy McGrady (Austin Daye and DeJuan Summers behind him), and Omeka Okefor at center (Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox behind him). That’s a team worth watching, Joe!!! VERY doable as well.

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