June 2006 Pistons Articles *Frequent Updates*

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    [Detroit Free Press]


    Pistons get the final pick in this year's unpredictable draft
    BY KRISTA JAHNKE

    It will be hard to handle the drama and anticipation in the Pistons' war room tonight during the NBA draft.

    It's not every year a team gets a pick like this.


    [Booth Newspapers]


    Pistons hope a solid player still around when they pick
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- In the NFL, the last player selected in its draft is nicknamed Mr. Irrelevant, because his chances of making the team's roster is slim at best.



    [TSN]


    Off-Season Game Plan: Pistons
    by Scott Cullen

    Not even reaching the NBA Finals was a real downer for a Pistons team that had practically cruised to the best record in the league in 2005-2006.

    With all the talent that the Pistons have, anything less than competing for the title is going to be considered failure, especially when that talent has proven it can win and that most of the Pistons' best players are under contract.



    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Even NBA stars need to eat their vegetables
    by Matt Watson

    Rip Hamilton needs to eat more vegetablesBack in March, the Detroit Free Press featured an article about Rip Hamilton's personal chef, Shawn Loving, and all of the meals that Loving prepares. Well, Henry Abbott from True Hoop forwarded that article to Joel Fuhrman, a nutrition doctor who has his own blog called Disease Proof. Dr. Fuhrman was not impressed:


    [The Oakland Press]


    Pistons seek gem at No. 60
    Detroit hopes last pick of NBA draft won't be irrelevant
    By DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - Andreas Glyniadakis fit the profile of Mr. Irrelevant. Alex Acker stands a good chance of avoiding that label.

    The Pistons' mission on draft night is to fi nd another Acker and avoid another Glyniadakis.

    MUST READ MATERIAL, INCLUDES BEN WALLACE UPDATE ^^^



    Davis hopes for first-round call
    By DAVID BIRKETT

    If Paul Davis proved anything in his Michigan State career, when his draft stock fluctuated from likely lottery pick to potential bust, it's that he's in it for the long haul.

    So it's no surprise the Rochester native isn't fretting the uncertainty that accompanies tonight's NBA draft. One of three Michigan State Spartans with fi rstround aspirations - guards Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager are the others - Davis is content despite being the most likely to fall to the second round, where guaranteed contracts and roster spots are no sure things.


    [Full Court Press]


    Salary cap analysis part three: Free agent centers

    Monday we broke down the Pistons' salary cap standing and yesterday we looked at available point guards. Today, in the third installment, we will evaluate free agent post players. A reminder that the goal is to provide facts and analysis , but leave the final judgment to the reader on how the Pistons should use their money.

    [Detroit News]


    Pistons to try their luck with draft's ultimate pick
    Second round has been productive for Detroit; team is considering numerous scenarios.
    by Chris McCosky

    AUBURN HILLS -- The Pistons have had pretty good luck at the back end of the NBA draft over the years.

    Don Reid was the last player taken in the 1995 draft, and he wound up starting his rookie year and played nine seasons. Brian Cardinal was the 44th pick in 2000. And last season, they watched with delight as both Amir Johnson (56) and Alex Acker (60) fell into their laps.

    I am still looking for a Summer League blogger. It could be you! PM me if you are interested.
     
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    [Need4Sheed]


    The Detroit Pistons Select Will Blalock From Iowa State


    Maurice Evans Traded To The Lakers

    Maurice Evans was traded to The Lakers for the 51st pick in the NBA Draft. The Pistons drafter 7 foot 1 Center Cheick Samb from Senegal. Samb, who weighs less than 200 pounds is a project that will likely spend the next couple of seasons overseas.



    [Detroit News]


    Evans headed to the Lakers
    Dumars makes the move after telling his agent that his playing time wouldn't increase.
    by Chris McCosky

    AUBURN HILLS -- The Pistons wound up being much more active than anticipated on draft night Wednesday.

    Before selecting Iowa State point guard Will Blalock with the 60th and final pick of the draft, the Pistons traded swing man Maurice Evans to the Los Angeles Lakers.


    [Detroit Free Press]


    NBA DRAFT: Pistons grab Iowa St. point guard Blalock
    BY KRISTA JAHNKE

    Will Blalock averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 assists (10th nationally) for Iowa State in 2006.

    The NBA draft started at 7:35 with Toronto selecting a 7-0 foot Italian. Four hours later, the Pistons finally closed the trade-heavy show by taking Iowa State junior point guard Will Blalock at No. 60 and announcing the night's final trade.



    [The Oakland Press]


    Pistons deal Evans, draft Will Blalock
    By DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - After sitting through the first round of the NBA draft Wednesday, the Pistons joined in on the flurry of trades and draft picks.

    They dealt backup swingman Maurice Evans to the Los Angeles Lakers for 7-foot-1 center Cheick Samb, who was selected with the No. 51 overall pick. Samb, a native of Senegal, played in the Spanish LEB2 league last season and averaged 9.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks for WTC Cornella.



    [The Full Court Press]


    A closer look at Piston draft picks Will Blalock and Cheick Samb
    Let's kick off this entry with a pre-draft scouting report on Blalock.


    Analyst thinks Ben Wallace is leaving Detroit
    Chris Sheridan had some interesting comments during ESPN's live draft chat.


    [Booth Newspapers]


    Dumars pleased with selection of point guard
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- Like any good sale, waiting in line can be a lengthy and tedious process.

    Only time will tell if the wait was worth it for the Detroit Pistons, who waited nearly five hours to make their lone selection in Wednesday night's NBA draft, choosing Iowa State point guard Will Blalock with the last pick of the draft.
     
  3. himat

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    According to Joe Ben wants to stay so don't get too worked up about what Sheridian said. Money has power though:mad::ohwell:.
     
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    [NY Daily News]


    Wallace appears to be on the way out in Detroit, where the Pistons are thinking of using the big money they don't want to give their starting center to make a run at Wells. Wallace, a four-time Defensive Player of the Year during his six seasons in Detroit, has been mentioned in Washington and Chicago.

     
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    Oh yeah, Joe want to give $10 million a year to Bonzi. Right.
     
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    :laugh: It doesn't look like anything right now. If anything it looks like Ben will stay since he's been practicing in the Pistons Practice Facility. That article worried me because before I read it I thought this guy new that another team was trying to offer Ben a lot of money. He didn't say anything like that though.

    Brace yourselves if Ben leaves:sorry:.
     
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    [Detroit News]


    Saunders, Billups wow young campers
    Coach, who displays razzle dazzle, says Evans deal helps Delfino; guard wants Ben Wallace back.
    by Joanne C. Gerstner

    SHELBY TOWNSHIP -- More than 225 kids quietly sat on a basketball court Thursday, totally enthralled by the man standing before them.

    He performed magic tricks, did some basketball dribbling stunts, and finished off with some Globetrotter-worthy spinning basketball moves.

    The smiling man who tamed a peppy group of basketball campers was none other than Pistons coach Flip Saunders. He made an appearance at Chauncey Billups' youth basketball camp at Joe Dumars' Fieldhouse, teaching the kids a lesson about basketball and life.

    So if Wells comes in, isn't that a more expensive and talented veteran swingman for Delfino to compete with? If I'm Carlos, I'm picking a sweet spot on the bench now.



    Wallace's agent is X-factor
    by Chris McCosky

    AUBURN HILLS -- On the surface, things are pointing favorably to the Pistons being able to re-sign unrestricted free agent Ben Wallace this summer.

    They are prepared to make him the highest-paid player on the team, offering a four-year contract that could pay him as much as $12 million next season.

    Blame the agent. :rolleyes: The fact that Tellum is a power broker in the agent world means that the deal may get done sooner than later. Some bush league wannabee might try too hard to shop Ben.

    [The Oakland Press]


    Pistons used draft to tweak bench
    With Evans unlikely to be happy with his role, Dumars was happy to move him
    By DANA GAURUDER

    AUBURN HILLS - Maurice Evans wanted more playing time. Joe Dumars could not guarantee that to him but he did find another place for Evans to play.

    The biggest news the Pistons made during the annual NBA draft Wednesday night was a subtraction, rather than an addition. Evans, who was in and out of Flip Saunders' rotation last season, was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers late Wednesday for 7-foot-1 prospect Cheick Samb. Evans signed a three-year contract with the Pistons last summer to back up Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, but he grew restless over his limited role. Evans' agent, Roger Montgomery, requested a trade after Dumars told him that his client's role probably wouldn't change next season.

    I'm sure Mo is really disappointed to get traded to LA. Yeah.

    [Bad Boys Summer Camp]


    2006 VSL Pistons roster forming

    Most of the 2006 Toshiba Vegas Summer League Detroit Pistons roster was revealed today in the local press.

    ...

    I’ve done some digging for background on the players that will surround the Pistons’ youth in Las Vegas during July. In this entry, I will cover the two young men with family ties to the Detroit Pistons.

    Our own PF.com SL Blog. Keep an eye out for more info on the "extra" roster additions tonight.

    [Detroit Free Press]


    Evans' trade could help re-sign Ben
    BY KRISTA JAHNKE

    When the Pistons traded swingman Maurice Evans to the L.A. Lakers during Wednesday night's NBA draft, they freed up a little more wiggle room for negotiations with center Ben Wallace.

    Wallace becomes a free agent Saturday, and should he re-sign with the team, Evans' departure might help keep the Pistons out of the luxury tax. Or, if Wallace leaves, they will have more money to work with under the salary cap to bring in other free agents.

    Actually, they won't get any money towards adding free agents beyond what is already available. Moving Evans is all about playing time, chemistry and fiscal restraint.

    [Booth Newspapers]


    Dumars confident he can re-sign Wallace
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- For years, Ben Wallace has been one of the best bargains in the NBA.

    That's about to change in a big way with the free agency period beginning Saturday.

    Wallace, who made about $7.5 million with the Detroit Pistons during the 2005-2006 season, is expected to nearly double that in the coming weeks. Teams cannot sign free agents until July 12.

    I will never understand where this $7.5 million dollar annual figure comes from. It's not possible under the Collective Bargaining Agreement as far as I can tell. $30 million, 6 years, max 12% raises. Someone needs to check the math. Maybe crazy bonuses?



    [ESPN]


    Trades and extensions will be the talk this summer
    By Marc Stein

    Yet I'm still betting big that Wallace stays, even though he's hired high-powered Arn Tellem to find opportunities via sign-and-trade if necessary. Big Ben remains the face (and hair) of the modern-day Pistons and I struggle to imagine him playing for anyone else. I'm guessing he struggles to imagine that, too.

    Marc Stein unlike some others at ESPN thinks Ben is back.
     
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    [The Grand Rapids Press]


    Kaman holds court in Hudsonville
    By Jane Bos

    HUDSONVILLE -- Chris Kaman, the Grand Rapids area's top NBA draft selection ever as the sixth pick in 2003, made it clear that he is not a Detroit Pistons fan.

    Well, so much for the Pistons being Chris' "Dream Job".



    [Denver Post]


    Mended Nene in position to rebound for big bucks
    By Adam Thompson

    Footnotes

    It is believed the Nuggets nearly swung deals for both Maurice Evans, whom Detroit shipped to the Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami's Jason Kapono during Wednesday's draft. ...

    I imagine there were quite a few takers for Evans. Two years at $1.5 million for a role player with a lot of experience, while still relatively young is a bargain.




    [The New York Sun]



    Hope Springs Eternal as NBA Enters Free-Ageny Period
    By JOHN HOLLINGER

    Dare to dream, ladies and gentlemen.The off-season is here. And with the right moves anyone - even the Knicks - can become a champion with startling speed.

    Nice little offseason article by Hollinger.



    [DesMoines Register]


    Party really gets going after Blalock picked
    By RANDY PETERSON

    Former Iowa State player Will Blalock was wide-eyed and ready for the next step of his life Thursday morning.

    "I didn't get a whole lot of sleep, but I've got my whole life to do that," Blalock said after being the 60th — and last — selection in Wednesday night's NBA draft. "My friends and family — it seems like about 1,000 of us - partied from the moment the draft started until long after it ended."

    This is kinda refreshing. A kid who falls in the draft, genuinely excited to get a chance with a NBA team. Not many 60th picks make it to the All-Star game.
     
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Goodbye, Mo Evans

    The Pistons traded Maurice Evans to the Lakers last night for the rights to Cheick Samb, the 51st pick in the draft who may or may not ever actually play in the NBA.
    That's not entirely giving Evans away for nothing, but it's pretty much like giving Evans away for a scratch-off lotto ticket that [...]



    [Need4Sheed]


    Will Blalock Video Highlights


    New Look Rip Hamilton
     

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