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Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

Posted on: July 1, 2009 10:59 am
 

Eager to transform malaise from the salary-cap clearing Chauncey Billups trade into a new beginning, the Pistons believe they can land both Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva and are making their pitch on the first day of free agency, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CBSSports.com.

It is widely expected that Pistons president Joe Dumars will land Gordon, a pure scorer who is eager to get out of Chicago and will have no problem getting paid by the team with the most money to offer. One person familiar with Villanueva's situation said the Pistons believe they can get him with an offer a little north of the approximately $5.6 million mid-level exception. Cleveland also has interest in Villanueva, who became an unrestricted free agent when the Bucks decided not to give him a qualifying offer. But while the decision freed Villanueva from the Bucks' matching rights, it also stripped him of his Bird free-agent rights. Short of a sign-and-trade -- which is unlikely -- Villanueva will have trouble getting more than the mid-level from a team other than the Pistons, given the dearth of teams with available cap space.

The Pistons also are in the early stages of a search to replaced coach Michael Curry, who was abruptly fired Tuesday. TNT analyst Doug Collins and former Mavs coach Avery Johnson have emerged as the favorites, with a high-level coaching source telling CBSSports.com that it is Collins' job to lose. Detroit owes Curry $5 million over the next two seasons, making Johnson an attractive option, in part, because he is still owed money by the Mavs and thus would come at a discount.

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Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 6:40 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

When will people realize that Joe D did not trade Billups for AI he traded him for Ben Gordan/ Charlie Villanueva or whoever else we sign with the 20 mil of cap space that opened up whan AI's contract came off the books. Yes strait up Billups for AI is a bad trade but that was not what we got. Is this so hard to understand? And if Ben Gordon develops into one of the best scorers in the NBA in the next 5 years while he's with the Pistons is it still the "worst trade" ever?



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 4:32 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

How could he possibly be a great GM....He drafted Darko and traded Billups for Iverson.....he's stinkin it up man.




Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 4:07 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

Joe Dumars has parlayed one great trade (Rasheed Wallace) into some kind of elite front office, god status here in the "D".  For the one great move he made, and it delivered a championship which we all loved and are grateful for.  However, nothing and I mean NOTHING else has worked.  For the one great move consider the bad move which in some ways trumps it by falling in love with Milicic and passing all the guys he is scrambling after to sign.  For all intents and purposes he set the franchise back at least two years by passing on any of the guys he could have taken. 

I personally feel that Joe D needs to preform this season or its time to go.  We can't keep trumpeting the one title from five seasons ago, especially when the team has been in a steady decline since that time.  Before anyone tries to rebut with the x amount of trips to the conference finals, does anyone really feel good about being destroyed by Boston last year?  Or getting smoked by the Cavs in '07?  Honestly with the balance of power leaning to the West, how hard was it really to get to the conference finals?  And for consistencies sake, he is now on his fifth coach?  Not the formula for a GM who gets it.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 3:29 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

Racosun,

      I agree with you. Joe Dumars was one fantastic player in his heyday, but as a GM he has faltered as of late. Maybe he should consider stepping down or even taking over as coach himself to prove to everyone that he can steer this Detroit Basketball team to the promise land. Joe needs to show he can lead and not hold others accountable for their own fate when he's the mastermind behind the components of chemistry that has failed miserably.Yell




Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:55 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

The Pistons are dreaming that they can contend with Gordon.  He ripped the Bulls apart with his corrosive attitude and lack of defense.  I think the Bulls can't wait for this guy to walk out the door.  I look forward to getting two - for - one ticket offers in the mail next spring.  I'm free the night of the lottery party.




Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:28 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

For a franchise that has built itself upon tough defense, these two guys could not be a worse fit.  Neither can even spell defense.



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:22 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

Losing Billups, and now Sheed has to hurt the Pistons.  Ben Gordon is a great shooter who cannnot pass or play defense.  Villanueava is also just a scorer.  The Pistons will be out of the playoffs with that group next year. 


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Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:17 pm
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Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 2:01 pm
 

Dumars is a great GM

Dumars is one of the best GMS in the game.



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 1:56 pm
 

Pistons target Gordon, Villanueva

Dumars needs to go. He's a lousy GM who turns on anyone he "lures" in in a heartbeat. He drafted Darko over D-Wade, Bosh, 'Melo...need I say more? Yeah? Then how about Rodney White? Or Mateen Cleaves? Joey D's problem is that he actually thinks he can lure LeBron next year, and he's willing to kill a once-proud franchise over a crappy pipe dream. You're dreaming, Joe, so put down the pipe.


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