Just hours before the start of NBA free agency, the Detroit Pistons continued the rapid overhaul of what was one of the league’s most stable franchises. After trading Chauncey Billups for a useless Allen Iverson, the Pistons fell to the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference and were quickly routed by the Cleveland LeBrons in four games. Some of it was Joe Dumars’ fault, but it was Michael Curry whose head fell on the chopping block.
Lets start from the beginning. I think it’s safe to say that the core of Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace were done being true championship contenders. Shaking it up wasn’t the wrong thing to do, but trading Billups certainly was. To top it all off, they promoted Curry, who quickly lost the respect of his locker room. Rip Hamilton was pissed off for most of the year, and Sheed went, well, Sheed on the entire franchise.
If Dumars was so intent on firing Curry this offseason, then why did he trade promising youngster Amir Johnson before he did so? Johnson wasn’t a huge factor last year, but Curry was dumb enough to give Kwame Brown more minutes than him. Perhaps Dumars was making room for Carlos Boozer. Whoops. Boozer is staying put in Utah and really, who can blame him? The Pistons were thought to be his biggest suitor, but the makeup of their roster looks shaky compared to Utah’s.
Boozer is now out of the mix and with the Pistons boasting more than $20 million in cap space, Dumars has expressed a desire to nab two free agents off the market. There’s a glaring need in the front court without Rasheed Wallace, so grabbing someone like David Lee would be a nice start. Lee seems like a great fit in Detroit. As for the head coaching vacancy? Anyone but the retread of all retreads, Doug Collins.