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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
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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.

 


 

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miamivice82
Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:46 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:40 pm
 

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

I'm done with Dumars! Every since they won the championship, the Pistons have gotten worst and worst. This team is crap and will never win another championship. You use all your cap space to pick up Villanueva and Gordon. Give me a break! These guys stink! Nice job fool!

I bet they could have gotten Kaman real cheap from the Clippers. The Clips are a terrible franchise and will probably give Kaman away for nothing. Especially after the draft. He would be a great fit for Detroit. He could provide the interior D they need and some inside scoring. That is all they needed to do this year. That would give them a decent year this year and then in 2010 you get a bonafide superstar and some good draft picks. Now you can win championships.

The let's try to win right now with a bunch of above average players is a joke! Nice job fool!

I sincerely hope that Dumars was pressured into this. I hope he was told that you have to win right now. I hope also that I am wrong. I truely believe that I am not. We will find out soon enough. God, this just makes me sick!!! At least they could have picked up Boozer. Villanueva???? Just sickening.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:34 pm
 

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

The Pisons spent money because they had it. These two signings don't get them any closer to the playoffs; espcially if this means they have to move Rip.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:33 pm
 

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

Remember that memorable block on Reggie Miller. O baby im still goin crazy.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:31 pm
 

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

Gordon = Hamilton being traded for a Center.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:29 pm
 

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

The Pistons can have Ben.  He is Vinne Johnson part II, no more, exept he expects to play starter minutes.  Dude, he is not good.
  Also, 6 Championships.  Shut up sucka.  YOu just got slapped in the face with a dirty douche by the Chi Town Hustla. 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:25 pm
 

Dumars was the best now he just sucks

Joe Dumars was able to pull role players like Ben Wallace, Chauncy Billups, and Richard Hamilton from crap teams and blend them together for a championship.  This was brilliance as he saw something in these players nobody else did.  Now he has become a complete jack-a$$ and made stupid move after stupid move.  I believe giving up Chauncy Billups for Allen Iverson was the beginning.  Allen "Me, myself and Iverson" is a cancer to any team.  Then he signs Gordon, and Sloth from the Goonies?  Gordon can't hit a clutch shot, and Sloth is just that.... a sloth.  Maybe Dumars has some grand plan I do not see going into next year, but at this point I am a bit skeptical.  

Is Sheed' still a Piston?  He will not put up with this much longer, and I can't wait for him to have a Rodman-esque meltdown when they are 10-30 next year.  

Apologies if this comment is loaded with type-o's and errors, but I am a bit soused from a good night out, and felt compelled to say my piece.  Regardless, the Pistons will suck for a few years, so I guess De-Toilet can go back to being Hockey-Town, or Murder Town or whatever they like to be called these days.  It is the Auburn Hills Pistons anyway. 



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:25 pm
 

Pistons agree with Gordon, Villanueva (UPDATE)

Amen, I just finished saying some of the same stuff.  Bye bye Ben.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:23 pm
 

Bye-Bye Ben

Thank you to the Bulls front office for getting Ben out of Chicago.  He lost more games with his horrific D, lazy passes, and turnovers than he won with miracle shots.  Plus he would dissappear for entire games, sometimes for weeks.  I am totally good with Salmons playing the 2.  I truly believe he is a better player than Gordon.  In fact, Salmons will go 18-22 ppg, 5 rpg, and 5-6 apg, plus he will D up the other 2 guards way better than Ben ever could.  Bye Ben, we are better for your leaving, total addition by subtraction.


miamivice82
Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2009 11:17 pm
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