CBS62logoNEW2013_blue_final_header_White wwj950-sm2011b 971-ticket-35smb 35h_CBSSportsRad_Detroit

Pistons

Pistons Report: Getting Inside

View Comments
AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 1:  (L-R) Chauncey Billups #1, Rasheed Wallace #30, President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars (holding trophy) and Ben Wallace #3 of the Detroit Pistons celebrate their win over the Indiana Pacers in Game six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2004 NBA Playoffs at The Palace of Auburn Hills on June 1, 2004 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Pistons defeated the Pacers 69-65 and won the 2004 Eastern Conference Championship.  (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, MI – JUNE 1: (L-R) Chauncey Billups #1, Rasheed Wallace #30, President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars (holding trophy) and Ben Wallace #3 of the Detroit Pistons celebrate their win over the Indiana Pacers in Game six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2004 NBA Playoffs at The Palace of Auburn Hills on June 1, 2004 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Pistons defeated the Pacers 69-65 and won the 2004 Eastern Conference Championship. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

Pistons Central
Shop for Pistons Gear
Buy Pistons Tickets

NBA Scoreboard
NBA Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up

The Pistons are in desperate need of a shakeup, but it’s unlikely they’ll make any major deals before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Joe Dumars, the team’s president of basketball operations, is in a tough spot as current owner Karen Davidson and prospective buyer Tom Gores haggle over the sale price of the franchise. NBA commissioner David Stern addressed the situation during the All-Star break, saying the negotiations were in the final stages.

“Either there will be a deal or there won’t be a deal within the next week,” he said. “Every indication is there will be a deal, and we’ll see how that goes.”

That makes dealing players much more complicated for Dumars because of salary concerns. Guard Richard Hamilton appears nearly unmovable because he has $21.5 million in guaranteed money remaining on the final two years of his contract. Forward Tayshaun Prince’s expiring $11.3 million contract has not attracted much attention, and Dumars said Monday he was interested in re-signing Prince.

Prince, who has been with the Pistons since the 2002 draft, wants to test the free agent market.

“With the lockout situation, who knows how things are going to go?” he said. “But this is an opportunity after nine years as a free agent, seeing what’s available. I’ve never been in that position before, so we’ll see what happens.”

Dumars’ best hope for making a deal may entail swapping forward Charlie Villanueva — who has three years remaining on his contract — for a more affordable player and a draft pick. Several teams are looking for big men, and Villanueva has value as a 6-foot-11 forward who can stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting.

Head coach John Kuester, whose team plays at Indiana on Wednesday, says players shouldn’t be worried about any potential trades.

“I always look at it a little bit differently,” he said. “When your name is mentioned, it’s a compliment.”

ROCKETS 108, PISTONS 100: Rookie forward Patrick Patterson scored a career-high 20 points for Houston as the Pistons lost their first game after the All-Star break Tuesday. Head coach John Kuester did not play four of his starters in the fourth quarter and made a disastrous move by going with a three-guard lineup late. The Rockets outscored the Pistons 15-6 in the last four minutes.

Copyright (C) 2011 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,914 other followers