Antonio McDyess hasn't officially picked up his option for the $6.3 million he will make next season -- but you have to believe he will. The Pistons have already indicated that they would sit down and try to work out an extension with McDyess, starting at that $6.3 million. If McDyess waives his option and enters free agency, he knows the most he would get (if he could get it) would be another mid-level exception. The mid-level exception will be less than $6.3 million. So, he would be leaving money on the table if he opts out.
Now, here's something to think about. McDyess lives in Houston. Houston needs frontcourt help. Houston would probably love to offer McDyess their mid-level exception, if he opted out. If McDyess thinks the Pistons will lose his buddy Chauncey Billups to free agency, the Houston option might become more attractive. The thing is, though, time is running out. McDyess has to make his decision by the close of business Friday. Billups isn't a free agent until July 1. So, McDyess may have to take a leap of faith -- one way or the other.
My mockery draft will be in the paper tomorrow. I will just tell you this, if Nick Young falls to 15, the Pistons will be delighted. If not, they are hoping Rodney Stuckey is on the board (though he could be gone, too). If Stuckey and Young are gone by 15, the Pistons will be scrambling a bit (Thaddeus Young, Julian Wright, Jason Smith or maybe one of the point guards like Javaris Crittenton might be thier fallback pick).
Flip Murray did pick up his option, but there is still a pretty good chance that he will be traded before the season starts. If the Pistons are serious about bringing back Alex Acker and signing Grant Hill, I can't see Murray still being here next season.