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Tuesday, June 17, 2008


The Pistons' focus right now is finding another rotation player through the draft. They have the No. 29 pick, which means they're not going to find a starter that way. But their scouts believe the draft has good depth and that they can bring in someone who will help them next year, just like late-round pick Arron Afflalo did last season.
Free agency comes the following week but don't expect the Pistons to be particularly active. Joe Dumars has already stated that the free agent crop is weak. He might pick up another bench player using part of the team's mid-level exception but that's about it.
In terms of their own free agents - Jarvis Hayes, Lindsey Hunter, Walter Herrmann, Theo Ratliff, Juan Dixon - there's a very good chance none will be on the roster next season. Hunter will probably retire. Ratliff might do the same. If not, the PIstons might offer him a short-team deal.
I have to say most of the trade proposals I've seen thrown out by other members of the media have been laughable. I mentioned some potential trading partners a couple of weeks back and I still feel my instincts are correct. I don't think Dumars wants Carmelo Anthony as the face of his team. I can see him holding his cards until an Amare Stoudemire, Tracy McGrady, Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand or Emeka Okafor becomes available at the right price. I also believe Portland might eventually be willing to give up LaMarcus Aldridge for a package that would include either Tayshaun Prince or Chauncey Billups. Prediction: One of those six players will be in a Pistons uniform next season.


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