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Pistons Report
dom yannitelli
June 5, 2006
 
Depth href=/profile//> Chart:
PG: href=/profile//> C. href=/profile//> Billups/L. href=/profile//> Hunter*/A. href=/profile//> Acker*
SG: href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Hamilton/T. href=/profile//> Delk*/M. href=/profile//> Evans
SF: href=/profile//> T. href=/profile//> Prince/M. href=/profile//> Evans/C. href=/profile//> Delfino/A. href=/profile//> Johnson**
PF: href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Wallace/A. href=/profile//> McDyess/J. href=/profile//> Maxiell/A. href=/profile//> Johnson** href=/profile//>
C: href=/profile//> B. href=/profile//> Wallace*/D. href=/profile//> Davis/K. href=/profile//> Cato*

*Free href=/profile//> Agent
**Team href=/profile//> Option

Team href=/profile//> Needs:
More href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> post href=/profile//> scoring. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Cleveland href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Miami href=/profile//> series' href=/profile//> taught href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> anything, href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> legitimate, href=/profile//> consistent href=/profile//> low-post href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> threat. href=/profile//>
Back-up href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard: href=/profile//> Lindsay href=/profile//> Hunter href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> legitimate href=/profile//> assist href=/profile//> threat href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> Chauncey href=/profile//> Billups. href=/profile//> Further, href=/profile//> Billups href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> opt href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> contract href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> wise href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> replacement.
Lock-down href=/profile//> Perimeter href=/profile//> Defender: href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> torched href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> LeBron href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Dwayne href=/profile//> Wade, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> evident href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> size, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> strength href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> perimeter. href=/profile//> Richard href=/profile//> Hamilton href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> skinny href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stop href=/profile//> LeBron href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Wade, href=/profile//> Tayshaun href=/profile//> Prince href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> skinny href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> slow, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Billups href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> height href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//>

Draft:
Unfortuntately, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Mr. href=/profile//> Irrelevant href=/profile//> (the href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft). href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> shape href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2007 href=/profile//> draft, href=/profile//> owning href=/profile//> Orlando's href=/profile//> (top href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> protection), href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> own, href=/profile//> Minnesota's href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> rounder, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> rounder.

Free href=/profile//> Agents:
L. href=/profile//> Hunter, href=/profile//> Tony href=/profile//> Delk, href=/profile//> Kelvin href=/profile//> Cato, href=/profile//> Alex href=/profile//> Acker, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> importantly href=/profile//> Ben href=/profile//> Wallace href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agents href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> campaign. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> resign href=/profile//> B. href=/profile//> Wallace href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 4-5 href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> beginning href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> 12-14 href=/profile//> Million/year. href=/profile//> T. href=/profile//> Delk href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> expressed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> desire href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> word href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> available href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> interest href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> reciprocated. href=/profile//> Acker href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Fayetteville href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> D-League href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> month href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> doubtful href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Cato href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> back, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> hardly href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons. href=/profile//> Amir href=/profile//> Johnson href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> club href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> deal, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> exercise href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> 2006-2007. href=/profile//>

Salary href=/profile//> Cap:
If href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> resign href=/profile//> Ben href=/profile//> Wallace href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mid-level href=/profile//> exception href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> with. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> resign href=/profile//> Ben, href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> 2006-2007 href=/profile//> salary href=/profile//> commitments href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> $47 href=/profile//> million.

Prognostication:
Following href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Heat, href=/profile//> GM href=/profile//> Joe href=/profile//> Dumars href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> "highly href=/profile//> unlikely" href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> overhaul, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> changes. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> trade href=/profile//> assets href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Hamilton, href=/profile//> Rasheed href=/profile//> Wallace, href=/profile//> Chauncey, href=/profile//> Antonio href=/profile//> Mcdyess, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Ben href=/profile//> Wallace href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sign href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> trade. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> Dumars href=/profile//> recently href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> believed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> bring href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> rotation href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> add href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agent href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> two. href=/profile//>

Without href=/profile//> knowing href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> trades href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> resign href=/profile//> B. href=/profile//> Wallace, href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> guess href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agency href=/profile//> moves. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> following href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> list href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> reasonably href=/profile//> attainable href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agents href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> low-post href=/profile//> scoring, href=/profile//> back-up href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> lock-down href=/profile//> perimeter href=/profile//> defender:
Nene href=/profile//> (R) href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> S/T
Drew href=/profile//> Gooden href=/profile//> (R) href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> S/T
Chris href=/profile//> Wilcox href=/profile//> (R) href=/profile//> via href=/profile//> S/T
Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells
Bobby href=/profile//> Jackson
Speedy href=/profile//> Claxton
Darrell href=/profile//> Armstrong
John href=/profile//> Salmons href=/profile//> (R)
James href=/profile//> Posey href=/profile//> (PO)
Darius href=/profile//> Songalis href=/profile//> (PO)

Conclusion:
The href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> suited href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> standing href=/profile//> pat, href=/profile//> resigning href=/profile//> Ben href=/profile//> Wallce href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> adding href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mid-level href=/profile//> exception. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> sense href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> resting href=/profile//> Chauncey href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> contributing href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Speedy href=/profile//> Claxton. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> signing href=/profile//> combined href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> developing href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> J. href=/profile//> Maxiell href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> C. href=/profile//> Delfino href=/profile//> (both href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> picks) href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> rotation href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> deep, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> reserves href=/profile//> (save href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> McDyess) href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> legs. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> alternative, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> convince href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> veterans href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> and/or href=/profile//> Bobby href=/profile//> Jackson href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Detroit href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> discounted href=/profile//> rate href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> championship. href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> explosive href=/profile//> slasher href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Jackson href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> combo href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> Rip href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Chauncey href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> rest.
With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> modest href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Claxton, href=/profile//> Wells href=/profile//> and/or href=/profile//> Jackson href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> development href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> talent, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Pistons href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> contend href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 2007.

Projected href=/profile//> Depth href=/profile//> Chart:
PG: href=/profile//> C. href=/profile//> Billups/S. href=/profile//> Claxton href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> Bobby href=/profile//> Jackson/A. href=/profile//> Acker
SG: href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Hamilton/Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells/Maurice href=/profile//> Evans/C. href=/profile//> Delfino
SF: href=/profile//> T. href=/profile//> Prince/Bonzi href=/profile//> Wells/C. href=/profile//> Delfino/A. href=/profile//> Johnson
PF: href=/profile//> R. href=/profile//> Wallace/A. href=/profile//> McDyess/ href=/profile//> J. href=/profile//> Maxiell/A. href=/profile//> Johnson
CP href=/profile//> B. href=/profile//> Wallace/D. href=/profile//> Davis
 
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