Offseason Wrap-up

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What is your favorite move of the offseason?

  1. Firing Frank

    10.3%
  2. Hiring Cheeks

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Hiring Sheed

    34.5%
  4. Drafting Pope

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Drafting Mitchell

    6.9%
  6. Losing Calderon

    3.4%
  7. Losing Maxiell

    3.4%
  8. Signing Smith

    34.5%
  9. Signing Billups

    3.4%
  10. Signing Datome

    3.4%
  1. Laimbrane

    Laimbrane All-Star Forum Donor

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    So right now, we have no idea if Dumars is going to swing a trade, but assuming the rookies sign for standard salaries (4 years for Pope at 120% scale and 2 for Mitchell at minimum), all indications are that the team will be as follows:

    PG: Billups, Knight, Bynum
    SG: Stuckey, Pope, Singler
    SF: Smith, Datome, Jerebko, Middleton
    PF: Monroe, Villanueva, Mitchell
    C: Drummond, Krav
    Unsigned pick: Siva

    Added: Smith, Billups, Pope, Mitchell, Datome
    Lost: Calderon, Maxiell, English, Maggette

    Coaches added: Maurice Cheeks, Rasheed Wallace

    Approximate Cap space used: $56.75 million
    Approximate Cap space available: $1.9 million
    Cap allocated for 2014: $40.9 million (12 signed)
    Cap allocated for 2015: $25.7 million (5 signed)

    I think it's been a successful offseason so far. On paper, the team has more overall talent than it did last year, and they've left themselves space for a big signing (or a Monroe extension) next year, as well. I like bringing Sheed as a coach, and I think this is a really DEEP team that should be relatively protected from injuries. Additionally, they've left themselves some space for next year to shore up any weaknesses and/or extend Monroe. Long-term, this is the best I've felt about the Pistons in awhile.

    I have two major concerns, however. The first is over Cheeks, who hasn't been successful at anything other than developing guards. Maybe that's what they need - if Cheeks can turn Knight into a good PG, then the team might just run itself. However, I do NOT want to see this team mired in mediocrity for the next seven seasons because they're overpaying and underutilizing their talent pool, repeatedly losing in the first round of the playoffs, and watching a string of late-lottery picks develop into a team full of backups. If Cheeks can teach this team to WIN, then I'm all for it. .500 ball is the worst, however.

    The second issue is their inefficiency offensively. While the team has some good weapons defensively, they are not going to score a lot of points because they don't shoot the three well and are not a good free throw shooting team. My big fear is that this is going to be some ugly basketball. While I'm all for winning and everything, I do like to see the ball put into the bucket on occasion, and unless Monroe develops a mid-range jumper, Drummond becomes a decent free throw shooter, and Smith keeps his shooting to only from the post or from the three, then this is going to be a travesty to watch.

    I hope Cheeks has the balls to bring Monroe off the bench. I mean, I like the guy, but a lineup of
    Billups/Pope/Datome/Smith/Drummond looks much more balanced to me than a lineup of Billups/Pope/Smith/Monroe/Drummond. Sure, there are times when you want all three bigs at the same time, but if Smith is as good in the post as we're hearing, I want that floor spread.

    But I digress... what do you guys think of this offseason (so far), and do you think the Pistons are headed in the right direction?
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    I think that the roster has been upgraded significantly and the expectations are definitely higher than last year. Are playoffs realistic? Possibly, but we'll have to see how the players mesh with Smith, what shape is Billups in, what the Italian will bring as well as how Knight develops.

    If Cheeks can make the guards better and Sheed hopefully can help the bigs, we should be in a good shape. Starting lineup shouldn't really matter as much as what combinations are on the floor throughout the game. You can start subbing in and out early in the 1st.
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    Signing smith was by far the most important: w/o smith - no billups and sheed. neither sheed nor billups had come to pistons to play and teach to capp spayce.
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    This is the best direction. Hire a massive free agent. Bring back some legit veteran leadership, none of this Derek Fisher rubbish. Let go of the bad assets. Draft a dire need - shooter. Sign another shooter for the 3.

    Just by the way, any lineup which features all 3 of our bigs is going to feature KCP + Knight. And also, Smith shooting the long 2's does spread the floor. He will hit it if unguarded and shoots them often enough that people need to roll out to him.
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    You're probably right about being the most important, but I had to go with Sheed as my favorite. I love me some Sheed.
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    Pope getting no love.
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    Wouldn't that just be one lineup?


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    I don't think there is anyway that Knight won't start.


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    Thats my point. To be honest, the best way to go about it in my mind would be to run
    Knight + Stuckey + Singler + Smith + Monroe then
    Knight + KCP + Smith + Villenueva + Drummond
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    hissssssssssssssss!!!!!
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    Tank mode? No team without James starting Knight, Stuckey and Singler will win 35+ games and playing Smith OOP to get Hack-a-Chaz on the floor?
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    Smith would be inside in that scenario. Villenueva is there to stretch the D, he would likely be playiing the 3 on offense
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