NOW THE REAL FUN BEGINS
Unlike the Lions, where draft day was the biggest of the offseason, the Pistons simply added pieces to their bench on draft night Thursday.
They're not expecting Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers or Jonas Jerebko to play major roles next season and perhaps beyond. Daye will probably back up Tayshaun Prince as a rookie, if Prince doesn't get traded, but that's about the extent of it.
The fireworks begin this week. First, the Pistons have to find out if Kwame Brown will opt out or not. That will give them a better idea of how much cap room they have available.
Then comes the free-agent market, which opens Wednesday. Will they make a big play for Carlos Boozer, assuming he opts out? Will they target Ben Gordon and will Gordon accept a super sixth man role? Is there another free agent, like Hedo Turkoglu, that has caught their eye? Will they get serious with Toronto about a potential Chris Bosh deal and how much will they have to give up to make that happen?
What happens this July will determine whether the Pistons will play in May and June in the near future.