Jun 29, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT
It became clear within the last year (maybe before that really, but let’s not go there now) that it was time to break up the Detroit Pistons and start to rebuild. The roster that at one point was an Eastern Conference Finals fixture had been caught by father time.
But general manager Joe Dumars’ hands were tied. The team had been on the market since 2009 and there was little he could do because of it.
Now he loves his job again thanks to new owner Tom Gores, and you can expect to see a more active Pistons team, Dumars told the Detroit News.
“Sense of freedom — that’s a good term,” he said. “Listen, you do these jobs and you have to throw yourself into them completely 100 percent. You can’t do these jobs with any level of success if you’re 50 percent, 60 percent of what you can and can’t do.”
Dumars hasn’t made a trade since July 2009, the longest stretch in the league — and his longest since he was named Pistons president in 2000…. The Pistons had significant conversations at the trade deadline, most involving longtime Pistons Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince. But the kind of deals they could explore was limited, due to the pending sale.
Gores was in the Pistons war room during the draft and was supportive of Dumars, who shifted gears when Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight fell down the board to them at No. 8. The plan had been to go with a big, but a number of teams had Knight rated in the top four in this draft and the Pistons could not pass him up.
Once the lockout ends, look for Dumars to be active in reshaping the Pistons roster. A process that should have started a while back, but now Dumars can finally get to work on it.
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