Head coach. Lionel Hollins. In the NBA today, there's Poppovich. There's retired legends who probably aren't coming back. There are a half-a-dozen or so pretty good coaches. And then there's about 20 guys who don't make a difference or suck. Lionel Hollins is one of those half-dozen. He wants to coach here (for some reason!?). Players respect him. He's defensively oriented. He's already had small-market success. He's good enough. Just hire him. Roster. 1) Trade Greg Monroe for a pick high enough to draft Marcus Smart. 2) Please, please, please finish the season poorly enough to keep our pick ~ draft Gary Harris. 3) Use the money you were going to use to resign Monroe to sign Rudy Gay. 4) Use the remaining money/MLE/LLE to sign a backup center, like Spencer Hawes. C: A. Drummond, *S. Hawes PF: J. Smith, T. Mitchell, J. Jerebko SF: *R. Gay, K. Singler, G. Datome SG: *G. Harris, K. C-Pope PG: *M. Smart, B. Jennings, W. Bynum ...Monroe at the 4 was just as bad as Smith at the 3. Now everyone's in position and you've moved Monroe for not one, but two talented players (through the acquired draft pick and saved cap space). Rudy Gay's gonna draw a lot of ire from you posters. But look. He's a lot like Josh Smith. Is he a flawed player? Of course he is. Is he about the best NBA FA a city like Detroit could ever hope to sign? Of course he is. Look at what he's doing this year, and at what he's done for most of his career. The dude is a talented player. A borderline All-Star. A top-50 talent. He's young. He doesn't have any *major* problems. And he costs you nothing but cap space ~ ~ which certainly wouldn't have been spent on anyone any better anyways. ...I don't know how much you guys have watched Marcus Smart. But he is damned good. I'll let you read the draft bio for yourselves - Marcus Smart | NBADraft.net. To me, he is quite simply everything Rodney Stuckey could have been (with a different brain and heart). ...Then there's Gary Harris - Gary Harris | NBADraft.net. Simply put: A deadly outside shooter with the size and athleticism to survive in the NBA as a starting two-guard (to not be a defensive liability). ...So we've got a super high-tempo PG now. The emerging best two way big man in the league, who can also really run. A super talented two-way 4 who is incredible on the run. A super talented three who fills it up and runs a little as well. A knock down kick-out two to spread the court out and keep the defense honest. Jennings with some instant offense off the bench (Smart can definitely play the two). KCP, we'll see what the hell he becomes. Singler gives you okay minutes. I really like Mitchell's potential to do the same (perhaps a little more). Spencer Hawes is an excellent backup center, all-around, who still has a lot of upside IMO. Depending on what happens with LeBron, I think that's either the 2nd or 3rd best team in the East. And that's a good start.