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Pistons owner says he expects playoffs next year; quiet on Dumars, Frank

Apr 16, 2013, 11:46 AM EST

Detroit Pistons head coach Frank talks with Pistons players during their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Auburn Hills Reuters

It’s not hard to see some serious potential in Detroit — rookie Andre Drummond is the real deal and paired with Greg Monroe could form the best front line in basketball in a couple years. Add in some young backcourt guys like Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler who could have a role, and you’ve got the start of something.

Pistons owner Tom Gores wants to go from the start closer to the finish line fast — he expects the Pistons to make the playoffs next season.

Actually, he expected to make the playoffs this season and is disappointed, which means the jobs of GM Joe Dumars and coach Lawrence Frank are not safe. Here is his quote directly, via MLive.com

“I think both of them, including ownership, has to be accountable for the year,” Gores said. “We have to be accountable for the results of this year.

“I expected to be in the playoffs. So I’m disappointed by that. When I said that last year, I meant it. I’m very excited about what we have going. We have a lot of room financially. In basketball operations, we’ve set ourselves up. So I’m very excited about the future. But I’m not content about how we performed this year…

“We want to win a championship, we want to get into the playoffs,” he said. “We want to do all of those things. This is an extra important year. We are prepared to spend and we are prepared to do what we have to do to get this franchise forward. And make no mistake, we want to win.”

The Pistons only have $35 million on the books for next season (and that figure can be lowered if they buy out Rodney Stuckey). That will leave them about $25 million under the new salary cap, and while some of that money likely goes to re-signing Jose Calderon the Pistons will have money to chase free agents.

We’ll see who he has doing the chasing. When asked directly about Frank he simply dodged the question, other than to say any decisions would be made soon after the season ended.

However, Gores also needs to be a little bit patient — you don’t want to be the team that spends the money just because they have it. This summer’s free agent class has some unreachable guys for Detroit (Chris Paul) and some guys you don’t want to overspend on (Josh Smith). It’s better to hold that powder until the summer of 2014 (a deeper free agent class) and get someone good than to spend it just because you can.

But make no mistake, the Pistons are ready to spend.

  1. rj2323 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Andre an Greg are future all stars. I think Brandon knight was all hype he won’t be a Allstar like player he was overrated coming out big time

  2. acdc363 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    and I expect to be queen of england!

    • badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      And I expect to be the CEO of Goldman Sachs and collect $$$$ millions in bonuse money from the taxpaper bailout

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    However, Gores also needs to be a little bit patient — you don’t want to be the team that spends the money just because they have it. This summer’s free agent class has some unreachable guys for Detroit (Chris Paul) and some guys you don’t want to overspend on (Josh Smith). It’s better to hold that powder until the summer of 2014 (a deeper free agent class) and get someone good than to spend it just because you can.

    But make no mistake, the Pistons are ready to spend.
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    This has the same feel of that one season when DET had all this cap space and didn’t wait one more year when the FA pool was mega-deep and signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villenueva to these ridiculous contracts. Joe may be a goner unless Tom Gores wants history to repeat itself.

    • stuckonwords - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Exactly right. The one thing that does come to mind, though, is that the Pistons had no hope of signing any of the great players that year. This year they do actually have a core that might be attractive to some of the better FAs (whomever and whenever that might be). But I completely agree that just signing *somebody* because they have money will be repeating the mistakes of the past.

  4. weaselpuppy - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    If it’s between Oladipo and Burke (as most mock sites have it at 6 right now), then you go Burke, IMO. Knight is a combo guard, and they need a guy like Burke more than the all around game of Oladipo. Problem is they need a SF too, and there isn’t one in FA worth a crap….so they have $25M+ to spend on….nothing. Calderon is an open gate on D…don’t want him back.

    Burke/Bynum
    Knight/Stuckey/Singler/English
    Singler/Middleton/Charlie V
    Monroe/Jerebko
    Drummond/Kravtsov

    should be a 40 win team in the East….if they could somehow fill SF and get a bench shot blocker, then it’s 45-48 wins and a playoff berth…

    Spend that money next offseason when you have no pick and at least guys that fit (Deng, Turner, Gay, Granger) are available…

  5. rajbais - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Just fire them both already!!!

    Dumars was way past due after trading FOR Iverson and firing Michael Curry and the Nets were declining under Lawrence Frank!!!

    The Pistons had no shot with these two guys ruining the ship as they’ll continue to do if kept!!!

    Bad GM hires Bad Coach and team has Bad Season!!!

    The most important position in all of sports is not quarterback anymore!!! It’s General Manager!!!

    • stuckonwords - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Wow!!! That’s a lot of exclamation points!!! They made your opinions be so much more convincing!!!

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        LOL !!! !!! !!! !!!^

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