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Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:26 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2009 1:00 am

The Detroit Pistons struck first Wednesday, getting commitments from their top two free-agent targets, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Gordon agreed to a five-year, $55 million deal, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Villanueva also agreed to a five-year deal in the $35 million range -- or slightly above the anticipated mid-level exception of $5.6 million per year -- a person involved in those discussions said. The exact figures won't be known until the deals are signed on July 8, after the league and players association agree on the salary cap and luxury tax for the 2009-10 season.

After firing coach Michael Curry Tuesday, Pistons president Joe Dumars acted swiftly in targeting Gordon and Villanueva with the salary-cap space produced by the controversial decision to trade Chauncey Billups to the Nuggets for Allen Iverson and his $22 million expiring contract last November. But the signings posed two potential problems: 1) There isn't enough room in the same backcourt for Gordon, Richard Hamilton, and Rodney Stuckey; and 2) The Pistons will no longer be major players in the much better free-agent summer of 2010.

Not able to afford another miserable season for the mere chance that a big-ticket free agent would come to Detroit in '10, Dumars decided to strike now. The Pistons were among only a handful of teams with significant cap space this summer, and thus could dictate which players they pursued. Next summer, they might've ended up on the periphery of the excitement when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and others were looking for not only money, but also a championship-ready roster to join.

The Pistons don't have a championship roster, but they did have money. As a buyer in a seller's market, Dumars obviously felt the time to act was this summer, not next.

The backcourt logjam lends credence to the idea that Dumars isn't finished shuffling the deck this summer. Some league executives have speculated that once Dumars landed Gordon, a prolific scorer who doesn't do much else, he would begin exploring trade possibilities for Hamilton. That's somewhat ironic, given that Hamilton's contentious relationship with Curry led, in part, to the coach being fired after only one season. Hamilton has four years and nearly $50 million left on the extension he signed shortly before Billups was shipped to Denver and the demolition of the Pistons began. Moving Hamilton would give Dumars a Gordon-Stuckey backcourt, which presumably either Doug Collins or Avery Johnson -- the two front-runners to succeed Curry -- would find intriguing.

UPDATE: As he did with the Sixers' job earlier in the offseason, Collins has pulled his name out of consideration for the Pistons job, according to a person familiar with the situation. Johnson now has an unobstructed path to the job.




Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 8:10 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

As a Uconn fan having three Alumni on one teamis sweet!!  Not much of an NBA fan, so all I do is follow the Uconn players.  Will be a bit easier now that 3 of our 14 are on one team.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 8:03 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

That's a lot of green for Gordon.  I'm glad the Bulls let this guy go.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:57 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

Dude Gordon will start just means Stuckey or Hamilton will get traded

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:50 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva

Listen Ben Gordon is a good player he can score anywhere on the floor he has breakout speed i think he can do big things for the pistons. I would have signed to a smaller contract,but he will do big things for motown

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:48 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva

You cant put a price on clutch shooting. He is also very durable and entering the prime of his career.

Hamilton is trending down and Gordon up.

There was no better alternatives. Great move.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:47 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva

The Ben Gordon contract is one we are going to look at 2-3 years into as being a "bad contract" Hopefully for the Pistons their is an option for the 4th and/or 5th years so that he could be used as trade bait. But as a Pacers fan, I'm not trippin'.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:44 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva

I agree 5 year 55 mil is too much for a player that won't start but that is exactly what the Pistons got.  Ben Gordon is nothing more than a really good change of tempo 6th man.  Gordon can shoot without a doubt, everything else? Not so much...

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:43 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva

Prince is a gonner, they have been trying to deal him for awhile now.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:39 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva

Well said!

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:38 pm

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva

Who gets traded? Hamilton or Prince?

I'm sure Hamilton could play small forward but if I'm the Pistons I prefer Prince at that spot. 5 years 55 million is too much to pay someone coming off the bench so Hamilton or Prince have to go in my opinion. Looks like the Pistons are in the market for a center anyways so there ya go. Kwame Brown is not the answer at center.

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