Can Pistons Still Salvage This Season? How Chris Paul Figures In Mix

July 25th, 2010 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
So far this offseason, Pistons nation has been somewhat unimpressed with the state of their team. Let's take a look at how the summer has shaken out.

First, Pistons president Joe Dumars came out and declared that his team had lost its way and needed to rediscover its aggressive and tough roots. The fans loved this, although to most it sounded like lip service from a befuddled general manager.

Dumars then promptly drafted former Georgetown big man Greg Monroe, a skilled player to be sure, but someone whose primary knock seems to be a lack of toughness.

The optimists pointed to free agency, hoping that Dumars could pull a rabbit out of his hat, though only armed with the mid-level exception.

These optimists pointed to the Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess deals in years past (although I didn't hear a lot of Kwame Brown or Jarvis Hayes chatter).

However, the market was incredibly overpriced and the resulting free-for-all has left many teams lousy with horrendous deals (Darko Milicic and Amir Johnson come to mind).

As a result, Pistons targets Brendan Haywood and Raymond Felton received nearly double what Dumars ...

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