Joe Dumars didn’t feel the need to make a deal at the deadline, already moving Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye for Jose Calderon. The only reported deal that came out involving the Pistons was trading Jason Maxiell and a first-round pick for J.J. Hickson. Hickson is young and playing well in Portland, but one place the Pistons actually have depth is the center/power forward positions.
So what to do with this roster heading into next season. It was reported that Charlie V will exercise his $8.5 million player option (not that it is surprising) so he will be back next season. Free agents to be after the season include: Calderon, Corey Maggette, Maxiell and Will Bynum.
I would like to see Calderon come back, but at a way reduced price than his current $11 million contract. He is the best distributing point guard the Pistons have had since Chauncey Billups and is the type of player Detroit needs as all of the recent point guard options have been score-first types (Stuckey, Knight.)
As for the others I have no problem if all three are playing for different teams next season. Maxiell is an energy guy, but overpaid for that position, Maggette was brought in as an expiring contract and Bynum will probably be the odd man out in the guard rotation.
If Calderon returns then the Pistons might not have a need for a guy like Brandon Knight. Detroit could package him and their first round pick to move up in the draft to get a solid shooting guard towards the top of the draft, either Shabazz Muhammad from UCLA or Victor Oladipo from Indiana.
Personally I’d love to see a guy like Oladipo come to Detroit, he would be able to fill the roles of all of the departing players as a hustle guy (Maxiell), great defender (Prince), scorer (Knight) who can take over a game if necessary (Bynum). If Dumars could then make a deal to bring in an asset either player or pick for Rodney Stuckey, Pistons fans may stop calling for his head.
Free agents I would like to see the Pistons go after include: Matt Barnes, J.J Hickson, Jarrett Jack and potentially (depending on price) J.J Reddick or O.J. Mayo.
That would give the Pistons a starting lineup of Calderon, Oladipo, Singler, Monroe and Drummond going forward with a bench of Stuckey, Charlie V, Kim English, Khris Middelton and whoever else the team would be able to bring in either through free agency or trade. It still isn’t a championship team, but a young, developing core that should have space to grow both on and off the court.
What do you think Pistons fans, am I on the right track or is their another way you’d like to see this team go? Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think.