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Pistons still looking for one more backup big man

Aug 7, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

Joe Dumars AP

Detroit has potentially one of the best front lines in the NBA — Andre Drummond at the five, Greg Monroe at the four and Josh Smith at the three. That’s a bunch of guys who can score at a high rate, once they get inside five feet from the rim.

But the team could use a little depth behind that group. Unless you’re a big Charlie Villanueva fan.

Pistons GM Joe Dumars is looking for a little help, he said at the Brandon Jennings “Lob City East” press conference, reports the Detroit Free Press.

“I don’t foresee us doing anymore big moves,” Dumars said. “I might do something smaller. With signing Peyton Siva yesterday, we have 14 roster spots, and so we’ll probably look at filling the last spot with a front-court guy.”

Problem is, pickings right now are pretty slim. Probably the best guy on the market is Cole Aldrich, there also is Johan Petro. If you want a veteran there is Jason Collins. But none of those guys are people you want to give a lot of minutes to.

Still, something to watch.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Joel Anthony for a pick sound good?

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Snake oil salesman!

  2. bifford - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Nobody is ever going to give up a pick for Anthony, not even a second rounder.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Dumars does have a history of passing on guys with the last name Anthony. And Bosh. And Wade.

  3. eastbuffalobill - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Ben Wallace for one year plz

  4. nmurray6783 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Why another big man, split Smith/Drummond/Monroe at the 4&5 spots. Give them 30 minutes each per game with 10 of Smiths coming at SF. Then either find another SF or go with what you got and hope the kid from Italy can give you 10-15 min and same with Kyle Singer.

    Or try and swing that trade with Boston. Rondo & Wallace for Jennings and either Villenueva or Stuckey. Then let Wallace play 20 min per game and you got a really good set line.

    Rondo 35 min
    Billups 15 min at PG/SG
    Caldwell-Pope/Bynum/Stuckey/Silva – 30 min total
    Wallace/Singer/Datome/Jerebko – 30 min total
    Smith 30 min (10@SF & 20@PF)
    Monroe 30 min (20@PF & 10@C)
    Drumming 30 min

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