Originally Posted by boozehound
relax. neither of those fools would've put us over the top and really can you blame them? no winter, no state taxes on million $ salaries, and probably a bigger role on those teams. Pietrus I kinda understand since orl is a decent team, but now they have no money for frontcourt help. or a good pg. so they are stuck where there were last year imo. miami is gonna suck this year. their best big is haslem and they have no true center on the team.
I read the title and wanted to post. You took the words from my mouth. Unfortunately, as much as I love Michigan it's not a top desitination for athletes. It's truly amazing what Detroit and even the colleges do to go out and get athletes. Let's face it, where is it easier to recruit, where the weather is nice, or where there is rain and snow?
I wasn't worried about either of those players anyhow. This year all we have is the MLE and the free agent market isn't favorable for teams trying to use that. Teams are going to overpay for players who will play 10 minutes per game. Using the full MLE on a guy like Posey is crazy. He's good but he isn't worth nearly 6 million per year. There are guys who we don't even know their names yet who can come in and give quality minutes like some of these players who are out to get the MLE. I'd rather give a rookie the chance to make a name for themself.
The only way Detroit makes a splash in the offseason is through a trade. It will be difficult because there are too many GM's who think the Pistons players make each other better as a team and individually they aren't as good. We all know that is a crock of S***, but it's what they do to try to make their stock go down. We all know Joe D isn't going to have a firesale. Detroit was the 2nd best team in the league last year. Of course I'm not satisfied with that, but it certainly could have been different if Chauncey and Rip weren't injured. My preference would be to keep the team the same rather than make a stupid move. I've been saying for over a year that we need a true center and a backup SF but let's not get carried away with it. I think Krstic is still available. He's someone who is deserving of the full MLE. Maybe Joe D was just waiting for those other guys to leave the market so other teams couldn't go after who he wanted. Any way around it, it's not a bad thing if he doesn't use the MLE this season.