Without firing Curry, no moves makes any sense. If we sign Dyess, Curry will overplay him and leave nothing for the playoffs. Any youth we keep - either will be overplayed - or get shelved often during the season. There is no middle ground with Curry. Either he wants to play a guy, and overdoes it, or he does not want to play a guy - and gives the guy no consistent role on the team. Adding players? Not a single player added to this team will work with Curry in charge. See above. Curry will mess up anything any GM gives him. While on the subject, no, Curry can not cry about the hand dealt. Before he messed it all up - he had a ton of tools to win with. A top midrange shooter in Rip - who played the playoffs with a groin injury that never healed after getting misused as a starting small forward. A good all arond player in Sheed - who played the playoffs basically on one leg - an injury suffered from pairing him with Kwame or Dyess - forcing him to be the guy to sprint down the floor repeatedly on transition D. I will not blame him for Tay, as Tay suffered an injury at the end of the season. However - one could easily question how Curry mismanaged a season so that Tay was not getting rested for the playoffs that last weak. Why was he out there getting injured instead? Stuckey had never played a whole season. When his play started getting a bit ragged, and it became more obvious by the day Stuckey needed some time off - Curry just played him all the more - never letting up on the guy. I'd say he entered the playoffs about 60%. AI / Rip on the bench / small ball? This was all complete nonsense. There was never any reason to go away from an AI / Rip backcourt. Never. Lets review: We started out the season with Billups, Rip, Tay, Amir, Sheed as our starters. Very logical. A point guard, check. A strong scorer at shooting guard, check. A small forward with some height who could could post up a lot of opposing small forwards, check. A power forward who was fleet of foot - meaning he could do the dirty work on defensive rotating - and transition D - allowing Sheed to keep his energy level up. (and just as important - avoid injury from sprinting around to much at his older age.) And a darn good defensive center. This day and age, with the mix of centers in the league to guard - Sheed is about as good as you can get on defending the opposing center from scoring around the basket. And scorers - four of them, with a good offensive rebounder in there to give you lots of 2nd chances if you miss a shot. So we traded for AI. So what. Good scorer. Not the ideal point guard - but neither was Billups. Billups was better as a point guard - but AI was not exactly swiss cheese. AI is a top scorer in this league - and he had lots of guys to pass the ball to. (Making any point guard look pretty good.) Now our starters should have been, and remained all season long: AI, Rip, Tay, Amir, Sheed. Rip and Sheed would have avoided their injuries. Our record would have allowed us to rest Tay for the most part that last week. Most likely, we would have been entering the playoffs pretty healthy. And one of the top seeds to boot. Now, what would our bench have looked like? After Dyess came back: Bynum, Stuckey, Afflalo, JMAX, Dyess, Kwame. Last year, it was imperative to get minutes for Stuckey after he came back from his hand injury - to get him prepared for the playoffs. But this year? He already had last year. All he needed was 20 minutes per game to develop. To develop into a good, solid backup point. And Bynum? He could have earned some time. Enough to make him a good solid 3rd point guard. There are 48 point guard minutes. AI did not have to play anymore than 28 of those , with Stuckey and Bynum getting the rest. Shooting guard. Rip 28 minutes, keeping him fresh all year. Afflalo, about 14 minutes per game, on average. Stuckey could have played the last bit of shooting guard, leaving some room for Bynum and Stuckey to get paired in the backcourt here and there. Small forward backup? Play Afflalo there some, leaving even more time for Bynum in the backcourt. Keep Tay's minutes down to 30. Still need another backup small forward if you want to use Afflalo a lot at his best position, shooting guard. So use Amir, JMAX, and Sheed for your front court upon occasion. When these three are paired up - you simply have a pair of forwards in. Which one plays which role would vary depending on matchups. It has been my observation that the two manage to matchup pretty darn well when played as a pair of forwards. (although it never happened this season. They got paired as center / power forward several times - something I never much liked though.) Power forward. Amir and JMAX. Amir gets into foul trouble, play JMAX more. Center. Sheed. Dyess and Kwame to back him up. Sheed only needed to play the first 9 minutes of each half and the last 6 minutes of the game - 24 minutes per game. This leaves 24 minutes for Dyess and Kwame to split. Now, AI would have been a bit mad about playing less minutes. But not as mad as for getting benched. We could have arrived in the playoffs with a fully healthy team (assuming lighter minutes would have kept AI well enough), with a top seed, and with a rotation that had been steady all year. And we would all still be tuning in to Piston basketball - although we would have just completed a first game series sweep at this point and would be awaiting to see who our next opponent would be.